PAMPA – This year’s Gray County 4H Achievement event was hosted Aug. 3 by the Gray County 4-H Council. 4-H is the youth program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
Outstanding 4H members and adult leaders were recognized for their accomplishments during the 20202021 4H year, said Joan Gray-Soria, AgriLife Extension agent in Gray County.
Brycen Epperson and Tony Soria received Gold Star Award. The Gold Star is the highest award presented on the county level and can be awarded only once in a member’s 4-H career. Plains Land Bank sponsored the Gold Star buckles.
Epperson serves as president of the Top of Texas 4-H Club and is a member of the 4-H Council. He participates in multiple projects and most recently placed at Texas 4-H Roundup in the 3D Archery competition. He has been involved in 4-H for seven years.
Soria serves as reporter of the Gray County 4-H Council and serves as a state Healthy Texas Youth Ambassador. He participates in multiple projects and recently competed at Texas 4-H Roundup in Educational Presentations. He has been involved in 4-H for eight years.
The Danforth “I Dare You” Award was presented to Emily Robertson. This award recognizes a 4-H member who is recognized as an emerging leader and demonstrates leadership potential.
The Special Recognition Award was presented to Isaiah Chisum. This award recognizes 4-Hers who have done an outstanding job in dedication and leadership.
Kimber Becco was named Rookie of the Year, which is based on a first-year member’s recordbook scores and participation points.
4H Recordbook Achievement awards were presented to members who submitted a completed 4H recordbook for their major project effort. Award recipients were: Junior Swine – Kimber Becco; Junior Food and Nutrition – Eli Richardson; Senior Shooting Sports – Brycen Epperson and Emily Robertson; Senior Goat – Rebecca Scott; and Senior Public Speaking - Tony Soria.
4Hers who have accumulated a required number of points through 4H participation were: Syler Brown, Raidyn Brown, Katie Davis, Kellie Mae Davis, Kenedie Davis, Brycen Epperson, Nicky Price, Emily Robertson, and Tony Soria.
The Parent-Leaders Council also recognized the 4-H members who qualified for Top Salesman Awards with either a hoodie or jacket based on the total sales. Recognized with hoodies were Kimber Becco, Kellie Mae Davis, Katie Davis, Blake Hembree, Hope Scribner, and Hudson Scribner. Recognized with jackets were Anleigh Bowers, Maddox Bowers, Emma Chisum, Kenedie Davis, Jerritt Furgason, Eli Richardson and Tony Soria.
The Extension Education Club 4-H Scholarship was presented to Conner Scott.
Other awards presented at the banquet included: year pins, junior leader pins and state recognition.
Each year the Gray County 4-H Council selects an individual or business who provides resources in the form of time or money to support the 4-H program. This year the Friend of 4-H award was presented to the Gray County Buyers Club for their support of the 4-H program.
The 4-H Council also selects two Outstanding Leaders each year. The 2021 Outstanding Leaders were Lora Ricardson and Ryan Davis.
The 4H program is open to all youth in 3rd through 12th grades. For more information, please contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Gray County at 806-669-8033.