The purpose is to recognize outstanding achievement, leadership and contribution to the county 4-H program, as well as stimulate Gold Star winners to further achievements and encourage others to participate in the county 4-H program.
The number of Gold Star Awards to be given in each county is determined by the number of 4-H members age 14 and older. This is the highest county award provided by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.
Amy Bowman is the 17 year old daughter of Dave and Cindy Bowman, and younger sister to Stephanie and Andrew, both former Brazoria County 4-H Gold Star recipients. Amy is a member of both the Alvin 4-H and Lone Star 4-H Clubs, and has been actively involved in many projects over her 9 years in 4-H. Amy’s favorite project has been Food and Nutrition, in which she has advanced to the State Roundup competition in both Food Show and Food Challenge. She has also competed at the district and state levels in Educational Presentations, earning 3rd place this past year at the state contest, and has had her Recordbook advance to state this year in the Leadership category. Amy is currently serving on the State Food and Nutrition Healthy Lifestyles Advisory Board, and has been elected for her second term on the District 4-H Council. She has been an active leader at the local level as well, holding a number of offices in her local clubs, including President of Lone Star 4-H for the upcoming year. Amy is the current 1st Vice Chairman of the Brazoria County Council, and will be inducted tonight as the Chairman of the Brazoria County Council for 2011-2012. She has been privileged to representBrazoriaCounty at a number of 4-H events, including State 4-H Congress, State Leadership Institute, and District Leadership Lab. In addition to her 4-H activities, Amy is actively involved in student ministry at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and plays flute in the Alvin Community Band. She will be graduating from high school in May 2012 with 26 hours of dual credit fromSan JacintoCollege, and plans to attendTexasA&MUniversity’sCollege ofEducation to earn a degree in Special Education.
Rachel Cooper is the daughter of Eddie and Melody Cooper and the big sister of Joshua Cooper. She has been a member of Halfway 4-H for nine years and her 4-H career began with Clothing and Textile and showing Broilers. Through the years she has expanded her projects areas into Sheep, Swine, Goats, Beef, Livestock Judging, Food and Nutrition, Public Speaking, and Leadership. 4-H has given Rachel many opportunities and leadership experiences as she has served as an officer on the club level, county level, district level, as well as a Lobbyist at State 4-H Congress. This next year Rachel will serve as the County 1st Vice Chairman, District 9 Chairman, and State Council Health and Safety Officer. 4-H has provided Rachel with motivation and determination to succeed in whatever she does. She will be a senior at Columbia High School this next year and upon graduation plans to attend Texas A&M University majoring in Veterinary Medicine.
Anna Ingram is the daughter of Scott and Barbara Ingram. Anna grew up in 4-H watching her older brothers and sister work on their 4-H careers and is working to complete her own 10-year 4-H career. Anna has been an active member of Lone Star 4-H while participating in local, county, district and state projects and activities. Anna’s main project has been her Clothing and Textiles project where she received 1st place at State in Recordbook and placed 2nd at Texas 4-H Round-Up in the Dressy category along with 2nd place in the Natural Fibers Contest. She has also worked for several years in other projects, which include Foods and Nutrition, Leadership, Public Speaking, Recordbook and Community Service serving as teen leader in many of these projects. Anna has served in several leadership positions for Lone Star 4-H; President, Vice-President, Delegate at Large, and Treasurer and she has served this past year as Brazoria County Delegate-at-Large representing Brazoria County at District 9 meetings. Anna is a senior this year graduating in May 2012 and will be taking dual credit classes atSan JacintoCollege this fall to begin her course work toward a degree in nursing. Anna’s work in 4-H is highlighted with activities associated with being a positive role model, teaching and leading younger 4-H members and giving back to the her community.
Grant Stanton is the son of Allen and Denise Stanton and brother to Elliott, Leslie, and Andrew Stanton. Grant began his 4-H career as a 4-H clover kid and has been a member ofAlvin 4-H for the past 12 years. Grant has shown various animal projects while in 4-H such as Cattle, Goats,Turkeys and Chickens. He has been actively participating in 4-H Method Demonstrations, Food & Nutrition Projects, Community Service, Beef Quiz Bowl and Livestock Judging contests. This summer he and his brother, Andrew, teamed up to place second at the State 4-H Roundup with their Farm and Ranch Economics Educational Presentation. He has held leadership positions at the local and county 4-H levels as well as theTexas and National Junior Braford Associations. Grant is an Eagle Scout, a member of the Alvin FFA and an all district offensive lineman for the Alvin Yellow Jacket football team. 4-H has given him many opportunities, experiences, and memories that he will always carry with him. Grant graduated fromAlvinHigh School this past June and is continuing his education atAlvinCommunity College. Grant plans to further his education by transferring toTexasA&MUniversity and major in Sports Management.