Three days before leaving for college at Texas Tech, Central Heights graduate Rachel Self became one of the few residents of Nacogdoches County to receive an official proclamation while still in her teens.
Ranked No. 1 in her graduating class, Self participated in Beta Club, Student Council, band, Astronomy Club and yearbook staff, all while serving as president of the Central Heights FFA Chapter and competing on the golf, track and volleyball teams.
County Commissioners on Wednesday issued a proclamation officially recognizing Self for 10 years of awards and accomplishments through the County 4H program.
“I went in to show animals, to show rabbits, and it just kind of grew from there,” she said.
Over the past decade, she has raised and exhibited every type of animal except broilers. She recommends the 4-H program to anyone who has given it a thought.
“It’s not just showing animals,” she says. “There are so many different things you can do. You can definitely find your passion in 4-H.”
The former president of the Nacogdoches County 4-H, she also served as a state council member, mentored other 4-H members and delivered a youth presentation to the AgriLife Extension Leadership Advisory Board. She introduced Congressman Louie Gohmert at the Nacogdoches County Ag Banquet.
Earlier this year, Self was a High Point individual at the Houston Livestock Show Judging Contest, where she received a certificate to purchase a market steer. She placed in the market swine division at the Fort Worth Stock Show, Houston Livestock Show and State Fair of Texas.
Self appeared before county commissioners with her parents, Michael and Rebecca Self, and brother, Matthew.
“It’s a lot on the parents, too,” County Judge Greg Sowell said, addressing the Self family. “You’re spread pretty thin at times. That’s our job as parents and you’ve done a great job.”