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October 8th, 2010
SMA student wins 4-H Gold Star Award

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San Marcos Academy senior Kim Panther celebrates with County Extension Agent Richard Parrish after receiving the 4-H Gold Star Award this week.

STAFF REPORT

San Marcos Academy (SMA) senior Kimberly Panther recently was honored with the Texas 4-H Gold Star Award, the highest county-level achievement in the Texas 4-H organization. Panther received the award at a 4-H awards banquet Monday in Dripping Springs.

In addition to receiving a plaque and a belt buckle, Panther also received a flag that had been flown over the state capitol building from State Representative Patrick Rose (D-San Marcos).

Panther’s name will be added to a perpetual plaque in the Hays County Extension office listing the names of winners of past years.

Richard Parrish, Hays County’s extension agent for agriculture and natural resources, was on hand for the awards. Parrish served as extension agent for 4-H and youth development before his appointment to agriculture and natural resources earlier this year.

The minimum requirements for the 4-H Gold Star include three years participation in 4-H, the submission of an awards program record book, projects in three different areas with appropriate record forms, and participation in a variety of other 4-H activities. Members to be considered must also have served as a 4-H officer or committee chair and completed one or more 4-H community service projects.

Panther’s awards from the banquet also included a four-year 4-H pin, a district record book award and an award for her beef project. She is from Southlake, and has attended SMA for two years.

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