Gold Star recipients announced


Madison County 4-H recently awarded the Gold Star award to Casey Corley and McKiever Easterling. 

The Gold Star is the highest achievement award given within the 4-H program, and can only be given once in a member’s 4-H career. The county’s award quotas are based on the number of senior 4-H members. There are eight minimum requirements that a member must meet in order to be eligible to receive this distinguished honor.

McKiever Easterling has been a member of the Madison County 4-H program since the Third Grade. He is a member of the Beef Club and served as Vice President of the club in 2015. “It has been rewarding to see your hard work pay off in the animals you raise,” says Easterling. He is thankful to the leadership and guidance of his mom, Dr. Denise Easterling, D.V.M. “Without her support, I would not know all the things that have helped me along the way.” 

McKiever is also an active member of the Beta Club, National Honor Society, FFA, Band, Ag Mechanics, and Auto Tech Skills. He plans to attend Texas A&M this fall, with hopes of becoming a Mechanical Engineer. 

Casey Corley also received the Gold Star award and like Easterling, has been a member of 4-H since the Third Grade. He serves as current President of the Madison County 4-H and is a member of the Swine Club. “I have been really active and done my best to be a leader among the community,” says Corley. He goes on to say, “The 4-H program has taught me how to enjoy being a leader, and I am thankful for the skills I have acquired to become one.” Corley also attributes the leadership of his dad, Michael Corley, to his success in receiving this award, stating, “When I first got started, my dad said, ‘You must do the work yourself to be successful. Don’t expect someone else to do it for you,’ and by his example, he led me in the right way.” 

Corley is also a member of the Beta Club, National Honor Society, and FFA and also plays Football.

Both boys would like to “Thank the leaders of Madison County 4-H for all the help and leadership (they) have received to be able to grow within the organization.” 

The presentation of the Gold Star Pin began in 1933. The award was prompted by an effort to recognize people who actually did the work, rather than the agents. Prior to the award being created, the agents submitting the largest number of 4-H records received the recognition.