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Jessica Sanders

Jessica Sanders

Each year, the Denton County 4-H program hosts the Gold Star banquet to recognize the accomplishments of 4-H members throughout the past year.

This year, the banquet was conducted Aug. 11 at the Southwest Courthouse in Argyle, and it was a big success. Along with 4-H members and their families, distinguished guests included John and Chrissy Mallouf from the Denton Kiwanis Club, Tommy Calvert with Denton County Farm Bureau and Dustin Swiger with Shiloh Field Community Garden.


Jared Mayfield and Annie Braack received 4-H Gold Star awards during the Gold Star banquet Aug. 11 in Argyle. See more photos with this story at

The major 4-H youth awards were given as follows:

  • Best Junior Recordbook — Allie Holt
  • Best Intermediate Recordbook — Zachary Griffeth
  • Best Senior Recordbook — Erik Dieterich
  • Best First Year Recordbook — Delaney Simonis
  • Most Improved Recordbook — Lauren Hicks
  • Presidential Service awards — Hannah Mohr, Erik Dieterich, Christian Dieterich
  • Brave Heart Award — Hannah Mohr
  • Farm Bureau Award — Rhiannon Kosla and Hannah Mohr
  • The Danforth “I Dare You” Award — Jacob Mayfield and Kyle Real
  • Al Petty Scholarship — Tyler Griffeth
  • Bronze Star Award — Allie Holt and Campbell Real
  • Silver Star Award — Stockton James and Joshua Hayes
  • Gold Star Award — Annie Braack and Jared Mayfield

The adult leader and volunteer awards recognized the Denton County 4-H Club managers for their exceptional work throughout the year.


The Friend of 4-H award went Dustin Swiger and Rhiannon Kosla during the 4-H Gold Star banquet on Aug. 11 in Argyle.

Randall Caldwell, principal of Lake Dallas Middle School, was recognized for winning the Salute to Excellence Award earlier this year. The Corinth Elementary School 4-H Club was recognized with the Citation for Outstanding Service to 4-H at the State 4-H Roundup.

The Friend of 4-H Award was given to the Shiloh Field Community Garden, along with Dustin Swiger, for their continued dedication to Denton County 4-H. We also recognized the Argyle, Pilot Point and North Texas Veterinary Science clubs for qualifying to be clubs of excellence.


Tommy Calvert with the Denton County Farm Bureau presents Rhiannon Kosla, left, and Hannah Mohr with the Farm Bureau Award during the 4-H Gold Star banquet on Aug. 11 in Argyle.

As we prepare to begin a new 4-H year, we want to extend our thanks to all those who make the Denton County 4-H program excellent. The Gold Star banquet gives us the opportunity to not only recognize exceptional 4-H members, but to show parents, volunteers and county leaders and employees that we appreciate everything they do for our program on a daily basis.

We are looking forward to another busy and exciting year in 4-H. Enrollment for the new 4-H year is open. For more information, call 940-249-2884.

JESSICA SANDERS is the 4-H and Youth Development county extension agent with Texas AgriLife Extension. She can be reached at 940-349-2884 or via email at

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