Kara Demmitt, 17, of Bridgeport is the daughter of Gary and Cheila Demmitt. She represents Chico 4-H.
Kara is vice president of the Chico 4-H Club and served as president the past two years. Showing goats, she has won senior showmanship at the Houston Livestock Show, State Fair of Texas, the Chico Buckle Show, Wise County Youth Fair and various other goat shows.
Other awards include best junior doe in show at the Houston Livestock Show, sixth place individual at the Fort Worth Stock Show Goat Judging Contest and third place team, first place senior individual at the state goat judging contest and sixth place record book at state level competition.
Kara’s honors also include the Wise County Farm Bureau Award, Outstanding Senior 4-H Member, Outstanding Senior Community Service, Outstanding Junior 4-H Member, Outstanding Junior Community Service and Rookie of the Year.
Her hobbies include shopping, going out to eat with friends, watching movies, playing pool or ping pong and watching television. She is a Wise County Special Needs Baseball League, and a member of the American Dairy Goat Association and the American Boer Goat Association. She enjoys babysitting and showing her does and wethers.
Kara’s favorite subject is economics and her favorite sports are tennis and volleyball. Among her favorite friends are Lindsey Holt, Tylar Chapa, her sister Shannon and her cousin Haylee.
She is a member of the National Honor Society, Project Change, Student Council, 4-H, FFA, volleyball and tennis teams and FCA.
At church she serves on the youth council, sings in a praise band, is an assistant in vacation Bible school, participates in World Changers mission trips and helps out in the nursery and children’s church programs.
Kelby Meadows, 16, of Paradise is the daughter of Ronnie and Dianne Meadows. She represents Paradise 4-H.
Kelby has served as Paradise 4-H club county delegate and has received multiple reserve and grand champion placings at county, state and national levels with her longhorn heifer “Rockin’ Angel.”
In addition to 4-H, she is a member of FFA, the Texas Longhorn Breeders of Tomorrow and Junior Maine Anjou Association.
Kelby’s hobbies are drawing, reading, writing and spending time with friends at cattle shows. Her interests include dance, horseback riding, travel and photography.
History is her favorite subject and volleyball her favorite sport. She lists Sara Kelly as her favorite friend.
Meadows has participated in summer youth mission trips, and her favorite vacation spot is South Padre Island.
CARSON SHAY READ
Carson Shay Read, 13, of Rhome is the daughter of Shay and Carrie Read. She represents Decatur 4-H.
As a member of Decatur 4-H, she has served as entertainment/activities chair, club secretary and county council member. She is also a member of the Texas Junior Livestock Association, the National Junior Swine Association and Chisholm Trail Middle School FCA.
Her honors include winning the 2010 Bronze Star award, being selected to the 2012-2013 Chisholm Trail Middle School Varsity Choir, the NTSF 2012 Champion Livestock Junior individual and team, making the A or A/B honor roll since kindergarten and taking all Pre-AP classes.
Carson enjoys anything that involves being in a barn, as well as reading and spending time with friends. Her interests include livestock showing and judging, large animal veterinary sciences, agricultural education, cooking, eating healthy and exercising.
Her favorite sport is basketball, and her favorite subject is life science.
SAFFRON SUNSHINE SMITH
Saffron Sunshine Smith, 18, of Boyd is the daughter of Courtland and Scarlet Sears. She represents Boyd 4-H.
In Boyd 4-H, Saffron has served as rec leader, reporter, treasurer and county council delegate. As a member of the Wise County Horse Club, she was float coordinator and county council delegate. In Boyd FFA, she served as greenhand sentinel, chapter historian and acting chapter reporter. She has also served as acting chaplain for FFA District 3.
Saffron is also a member of the student council and FFA nursery landscape judging team, which has made it to the state competition every year she’s been a member.
She’s on the A/B honor roll and has earned athletic awards, FFA herdsmanship award, the FFA’s Lone Star Farmer degree and grand champion with show cows and crafts. Her school activities include track, softball, basketball, football and serving as varsity mascot this past year.
Saffron’s hobbies include riding horses, crafts, scrapbooking, cooking and playing sports. Her interests include showing horses, cows and colored angora goats; shopping with friends; working on her truck (a 1970 Ford F-150) and traveling. She works for a local petting zoo, helps take care of a dairy goat ranch when needed and works on her family’s ranch.
She lists her favorite sport as volleyball, and her favorite subject is English.
Saffron is active in the youth group at Rock Island Family Church.
Michala Wilson, 14, of Decatur is the daughter of Johanna and Terry Wilson. She represents Wise County 4-H Horse Club.
She serves as president of the Wise County 4-H Horse Club. When showing her horse Missy in the 4-H horse shows, she participates in a variety of events from showmanship to hunter under saddle.
The McCarroll Middle School student serves as vice president of the student council and is a member of the choir. As a junior member of the Decatur rodeo team, she specializes in barrels and rodeo queen contests.
Michala was named most dedicated 4-Her.
Her hobbies include riding horses and track. Her favorite subject is science, and her favorite sport is track.
She is a member of the youth group at the First Baptist Church of Decatur.
Michala’s goal is to attend Texas Tech to receive an equine science degree with a specialization in hippotherapy for individuals with physical and mental disabilities.
Morgan Barnes, 15, of Slidell is the daughter of Gary Barnes and Kim Shifflett. She represents Slidell/Greenwood 4-H.
In 4-H, she has held the offices of club secretary/treasurer, vice president, first vice president and county treasurer, and she’s won a host of 4-H awards including the bronze star, silver star, first place district record book (intermediate), first place district food challenge team, second place district food show, first place county food challenge, second place educational presentation intermediate nutrition quiz bowl, third place state Healthy Lifestyles invitational and first place team consumer decision making.
Morgan is also a member of FCCLA, where she has served as first vice president, and the BETA club where she has served as secretary. She has served as freshman class vice president.
Her hobbies include reading, rock climbing, helping others, being with family, babysitting, sports manager and jewelry making. She lists her other interests as substance abuse treatment in youth, children, law, learning new things, talking, theater/one-act play and managing basketball, track and cross country.
Morgan’s best friends are her parents. Her favorite subject is English, and her favorite sport is rock climbing.
At church, she sings in the praise team, works in the nursery, helps with children’s church, helps decorate the church for the holidays and serves as vacation Bible school leader/helper.
She organized several events, including Lee National Denim Day for Slidell ISD and Sanger Bank ($600 raised), Movember for Slidell ISD ($178.69 raised for prostate cancer research) and Dive into the School Year project. She has also served as captain of her Walk Across Texas and Relay for Life teams.
Morgan has been active in the community, too, giving tours at the San Antonio Stock Show and working with the Slidell/Greenwood Buyers Association, Ronald McDonald House, being a leader to young 4-Hers, Youth Fair concession stand, 4-H Explosion, anniversary of the ratification of the constitution service, quilt raffles for cancer, One Day games/books at Cook Children’s hospital and Shoebox Christmas.