Two Schleicher County 4-H members were among 23 area youths honored during the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s District 7 4-H Gold Star Banquet on Monday, October 29th at the Rock House Ridge Lodge in Coleman.

The Schleicher County honorees were Kathryn Shipman, daughter of Gary and Luann Shipman, and Emmie Grace Mynatt, daughter of Britt and Michelle Mynatt.

“The Gold Star Award is the highest honor given by AgriLife Extension on the county level,” said Garry Branham, AgriLife Extension 4-H specialist at San Angelo. Winners are picked based on their personal development, leadership and achievement in 4-H projects, and on activities and contributions made to the 4-H program.

Also named during the banquet was the Friend of 4-H Award, which is given annually to an organization or individual that supports the District’s 4-H program. This year’s award was presented to Dr. Loree Branham of Angelo State University. Dr. Branham supports 4-H through countless programs and activities both through her professional work at the university and as a volunteer.

This year’s Gold Star Banquet, hosted by the AgriLife Extension offices in the 23-county district, was sponsored by the Big Country Electric Cooperative, Coleman County Electric Cooperative, Concho Valley Electric Cooperative, Central Texas Electric Cooperative, Hamilton County Electric Cooperative, Southwest Texas Electric Cooperative, and Taylor Electric Cooperative.

Other winners were: Isabella Dunegan—Burnet County, Blake Greaves—Coleman County, Nicholas Billington—Irion County, Kasi Andrews—Lampasas County, Thomas Edwards—Llano County, Taylore Ashton and McKenzie Striegler—McCulloch County, ConieFlutsch and Joe Marshall—Menard County, Jonathan Bartek--Mills County, Avery Flanagan and Cameron Poteet—Runnels County, Michael Gonzales, Wyatt Sisco, and Gage Hogan—Sterling County, Bayleigh Smith—Taylor County, Nathan Waldron and Cameryn Jones—Tom Green County.