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Hopkins County 4-H’ers Bring Home Awards By Johanna Hicks

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Hopkins County 4-H’ers Bring Home Awards

Summer is a busy time around the Hopkins County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office!  Our summer has included the Hopkins County Dairy Festival and Dairy Show; three-week Kids’ Camp: Fun, Food, Fitness; District 4-H Record Book contest; three-day Multi-County 4-H Camp; 4-H Montana Exchange trip fund-raisers; and preparation for the 4-day Skills Camp…and I’m tired!  However, I love my job and my husband knows that I thrive on staying busy!

My co-worker, Mario and I, recently returned from Multi-County 4-H Camp, held at Lakeview Baptist Conference Center and Camp, in Lone Star.  I led the “Fun with Food” workshops.  This included a hands-on activity in which campers made and named their own snack mix.  MyPlate Jeopardy was also used to provide a little friendly competition while reinforcing nutrition information, kitchen safety, and fight bac (bacteria/food safety).   Mario, along with his wife,  led the Archery workshops, where campers learned the correct techniques for holding a bow and arrow, aiming, shooting a target, archery terminology, and safety.  Other sessions included Ropes course, Nature (campers made a walking stick from bamboo stalks), Healthy Lifestyles (team games), and STEM (campers used simple robots and drones to accomplish a given task).  Free-time was also included for campers to swim, kayak, hike, fish, play ping-pong, visit the snack shack or gift shop, or simply hang out with other campers.

Hopkins County was represented by 17 youth and adults at this camp, including my college intern.  4-H members, in addition to Hopkins County, included Hunt, Camp, Cass, Kaufman, Bowie, Upshur, and Wood Counties.  Our 4-H’ers came home with numerous awards that were given on the last day of camp:

  • Braden Lennon – “Fish Hook Award”
  • Joel Villarino – Healthy Lifestyles team award
  • Honesty Bridges – STEM team award and Jeopardy team award
  • Jacy Barnett – team skit award and Team competition awards
  • Maddie Holt – Healthy Lifestyles team award
  • Trinity Sickles – STEM team award
  • Elida Miller – MyPlate Jeopardy Team award
  • Aspen Mayhew, Emily Everett, and Alexis Villarino did an awesome job on team work and in workshops!

Hopkins County 4-H members Geoffrey Stewart and Cade Goldsmith attended Ultra 4-H Leadership Lab.  This camp is for 4-H members ages 14 and up and focuses on leadership.  Many activities, including team work and speeches from District 4-H Council officers, took place.

Congratulations to each of these 4-H members for being part of camp week!


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Texas AM& AgriLife Extension Service is offering a free online, self-paced course on the basics of diabetes self-management.  This would be particularly beneficial for people who are newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, or for those who want to learn more about diabetes self-care.  To register for the free online course, go to:  From there, just follow the onscreen instructions.  For more information, call our office at 903-885-3443.


Closing Thought

Motivation will almost always beat mere talent – anonymous

Johanna Hicks
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Family & Consumer Sciences
1200-B W. Houston
P.O.Box 518
Sulphur springs, TX 75483
903-885-3443 – phone
903-439-4909 – Fax
[email protected]

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