McCulloch County 4-H Gold Star winners honored at District 7 banquet in Abilene

Cody Holubec and TK Morris, McCulloch County 4-Hers, were among 34 area 4-H members honored Oct. 30 during the District 7 Annual 4-H Gold Star Banquet in Abilene’s Briarstone Manor. Holubec is the son of Jane and Frankie Holubec of Melvin. He is a junior at Brady High School. Besides 4-H, he is active in football and FFA. Cody has been in 4-H for 11 years. During this time, he has completed projects in range management, swine, sheep, foods and nutrition, rifle, clothing, gardening, public speaking, recreation, leadership, citizenship and community service. His 4-H activities include livestock judging, Share the Fun skits, demonstrations, livestock shows, food shows and fashion shows, District Leadership Lab, State 4-H Congress and the Texas Beef Leadership Tour. Cody is also a junior leader for rifle, foods and nutrition and county camp. Some of his major accomplishments include the Silver Star Award, and the Farm Bureau Leadership Award. His gilt placed sixth at the San Antonio Livestock Show and his 4-H Range Management Record Book placed fourth at the State Record Book Contest. Cody has been recognized as an outstanding livestock judge, being a member of several county judging teams that have placed at several invitational contests at district and state. In the community, he has been very involved in Relay for Life, Toys for Tots, car seat safety check-up event, community food drives, Operation Teddy Bear, the 4-H booth and petting zoo at the goat cookoff, and this spring, he donated several of his Saturdays to painting and repairing the new McCulloch County Family Shelter, The Haven. Morris is the son of Kay and Archie Morris of Rochelle. His hobbies include sports, hunting and being with his friends. He is a sophomore at Rochelle High. Besides 4-H and FFA, he participates in football, basketball, tennis, track, golf and student council. TK, an A honor roll student, has received recognition in the U.S. Achievement Academy, Who’s Who Among American High School Students, LCRA Leadership Forum, UIL and is presently serving as class president, is on the annual staff and is a member of the National Honor Society. TK has been a 4-H member for 10 years. Since that time, projects that he has completed include foods and nutrition, veterinary science, meat goats, horses, shooting sports, dog care, swine, wood science, safety, range management, leadership, citizenship and community service. His activities include the district and state horse shows, livestock shows and a variety of community service activities. Leadership activities include serving as a junior leader in his club and county council. He is a junior teen leader in horse and goats. Some of TK’s major 4-H accomplishments include the Silver Star Award and the County Outstanding 4-H Horseman “Allison Corder Hodges” Award. In the livestock shows, he has had a number of winning meat goats and market lambs. In his community, he has helped with Brady’s Junior Rodeo Association, East Sweden Community Improvement Association, Relay for Life, Toys for Tots, community food drives, 4-H booths and volunteering to assist with the Rochelle Cemetery, Volunteer Fire Department and DARE. The Gold Star Award is Texas Cooperative Extension’s highest youth award given on the county level. The event is sponsored annually by America’s Energy Partner/West Texas Utilities (AEP/WTU) and the Texas Cooperative Extension.

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