Young County 4-H students recognized with Gold Star Awards

Young County 4-H Gold Star banquet was held Saturday July 30, 2016.  Amanda Richards of Graham and Brooke Riggins of Olney were honored as the Gold Star Award recipients. 

The Gold Star Award is the highest county achievement award and is awarded only once in a member’s 4-H career. Counties have award quotas based on the number of senior 4-H members. The award is presented to the most deserving young people. The following are minimum requirements that must be met:

The member must be at least 15 years old at the time of application and must have completed at least three years in 4-H, including the current year.

The 4-H member must submit an awards program record book in the year he or she is to be considered for the award.

The 4-H member must have completed projects in three different project areas, have submitted appropriate record forms, and have participated in one or more activities in at least three of the following areas: educational presentations, citizenship activities, projects, project exhibits, camps, leadership labs, public relations (speeches, poster displays, radio, TV, newspapers), other (includes exchange programs, fundraising, State and national congress, etc.)

Brooke Riggins is the 16 year old daughter of Johnny and Mitzi Riggins of Olney. Brooke will be a junior at Olney High School and is a fourth generation Gold Star winner. Brooke’s great grandmother, Frances Hilbers Vietenheimer in 1942, Grandmother, Mary Ann Vietenheimer Riggins in 1964 both received Gold Star Awards from Archer County. Brooke’s father, Johnny Riggins in 1986, Aunt, LeeAnn Riggins Burnett in 1992, and Brooke’s two older sisters, Summer Riggins Leister in 2007 and Hunter Riggins in 2012 all from Young County. Brooke is very active in 4-H with the Young County livestock judging team and  4-H County Council Vice President.  At Olney High School, Brooke is involved in student council, National Honor Society, varsity softball, and is the Olney High School Mascot.

Amanda Richards is the 16 year old daughter of Ricky and Christine Richards of Graham.  Amanda is one of 4-H’s biggest supporters.  She enjoys showing and raising rabbits and goats and has recently become involved in Livestock Judging.  She has participated in Duds To Dazzle, Food Challenge, Nutrition Quiz Bowl, Educational Presentations and Record books.  Amanda placed 6th in State with her rabbit record book this year.  She is a member of Lone Star 4-H Club as president and is the Young County 4-H Council Secretary.  Amanda is also in the Rompin’ Stompin’ Big Blue Band at Graham High School.

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