Kirsten Heselmeyer, a 4-H participant and a student at Grace Acadmy in Georgetown, TX, was honored at the local 76th Annual Livestock Association Show and Sale in December 2019. But it wasn’t just for showing champion livestock. According to Georgetown View Magazine, she also “exemplified the kind of leadership 4-H intends.” They went on to report:

Not only did she show the overall Reserve Champion heifer, and a separate class winner, she also organized a hands-on program, with multiple activities for special needs students in three local ISDs [Independent School Districts]. Nearly 70 students visited with and touched miniature sheep and horses, chicks, goats, and some world-champion guinea pigs. She even included a wrap-up to the day with a visit from Santa. Like many her age who seek to be inclusive with special needs students, she wanted to do something for those who may not have the same opportunities to participate in 4-H. “I had an idea to incorporate my love of working with those who are differently abled and my love of livestock. This was the perfect place to share the things I love with them.”