• Photo by Roxanne Thompson/The Mexia News
    Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen, center, congratulates the county’s newest 4-H Gold Star Award winners, Isaac Lewis and Sarah Hall, at commissioners court’s Oct. 10 meeting.

Two new 4-H Gold Star winners lauded for their work

By Roxanne Thompson Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners took time at their Oct. 10 meeting to recognize two Limestone County home-schooled 4-H students – Sarah Hall and Isaac Lewis – for being awarded the 4-H Gold Star Award.

The court had mentioned one of the Gold Star winners at a previous meeting, but the award material had now come in, so the court made a more formal presentation of the awards to both winners.

AgriLife Extension Agent Gabby Washington made the presentation, describing the two students as worthy of the honor they received.

“They have shown citizenship, leadership and project experience,” Washington said.

Washington said she was honored to present the awards and reminded those listening that the 4-H Gold Star Award is the highest honor the organization can bestow upon a 4-H member. Also, she noted, a 4-H member may only receive the award once in their lifetime.

Both Sarah and Isaac completed a record book, which documents all their 4-H activities of the past year. Judges grade the record books not only for content but also for their level of organization and neatness.

Sarah Hall’s work included, among other things, a horse project and organizing and putting together bags of food for the elderly through Caritas food pantry, in Mexia.

Isaac Lewis completed a food-and-nutritional project and another on citizenship and civic education.

Washington invited the audience to direct children they know to 4-H.

“I encourage you,” Washington said, “if you know any kids that want to join 4-H, this is a great opportunity to go further, for scholarship opportunities and things like that.”

County Judge Daniel Burkeen, whose family also home-schools, expressed appreciation to Washington for her work with the county’s youth.

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