Two local 4-H members from McCulloch County were among 28 youth honored during the Texas Cooperative Extension District 7 4- H Gold Star Banquet. The annual event was held Nov. 5 in Abilene’s Briarstone Manor. The honorees were Nicolas Garcia, son of Ernie and Ruthie Garcia, and Keely Probst, daughter of Mike and Gayle Probst. The Gold Star Award is the highest honor given by the Extension on the county level. 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. The annual ‘Friend of 4-H Award’ went to Gary Setliff of the Rolling Plains Cooperative Compress at Sweetwater. The honor is given annually to an individual or business for their support of the district’s 4-H program. The Gold Star Banquet is sponsored annually in the 23-county district by the Texas Cooperative Extension and AEP-Texas.