Extension agent Hicks receives state, regional and national honors - again

Oct. 10, 2008 - Hopkins County's family and consumer sciences agent recently received a national award for her nutrition newsletter, marking at least the third time since 2003 she has been named one of the top Extension agents in the United States.

Johanna Hicks came home from the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Conference in Indianapolis, Ind., in September with the first place National and Southern Region "Newsletter Communication Award."

The Newsletter Communication Award recognizes outstanding written communication through three different issues of an educational newsletter for a special educational effort.

In receiving the award, Hicks was recognized for her commitment to meeting the needs of individuals, families and her community.

Hicks' publication, "Better Living for Texans" is a semi-monthly nutrition newsletter addressing everyday issues for everyday people. The newsletter uses an easy-to-read format to encouraged healthy food choices and managing family time, among other topics. Each issue reaches more than 3,100 families with its research-based information.

The award is one of many the accomplished Extension agent has won in recent years, including awards for other communications and publications she has produced.

In 2007, she was honored with the highest award given at the national convention, the Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes Extension educators for their leadership, education program efforts and professional development.

Hicks was cited for her primary program focus in health education, especially diabetes and nutrition education. She was lauded for her ability to reach thousands of citizens in Hopkins County and surrounding areas through a series of lessons, one-shot programs, newspaper columns, newsletters, exhibits and health fairs, which she has either hosted, participated in, prepared, distributed or helped organize.

"Literally hundreds have benefitted from these programs," awards presenters noted in their remarks.

In 2005, Hicks earned a "Clean Homes, Healthy Families Award" for her programming in hygiene.

In 2004, she won the National Extension Association's "Written News Column Award" for her diabetes column, "Advice to Teens: BCCC and Choose Your Friends Wisely," which appeared in the News-Telegram. Hicks' diabetes education program also took top honors in the Florence Hall award category at the Southern Regional meet, and was one of eight to advance to the national contest.

She earned the Texas Extension Association of Family & Consumer Science Agents 2003 Florence Hall Award for her project "Sew -- A Needle Pulling Thread," then went on to be one of two FCS agents recognized by the National Extension Association as a Southern Regional Finalist. She was also one of only eight agents to advance to the Galaxy II Conference.

Hicks has been with Texas AgriLife Extension Service for 12 years. She and husband, Jay, have three children.

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Hopkins County's family and consumer sciences agent recently received a national award for her nutrition newsletter, marking at least the third time since 2003 she has been named one of the top Extension agents in the United States.

Johanna Hicks came home from the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Conference in Indianapolis, Ind., in September with the first place National and Southern Region "Newsletter Communication Award."

The Newsletter Communication Award recognizes outstanding written communication through three different issues of an educational newsletter for a special educational effort.

In receiving the award, Hicks was recognized for her commitment to meeting the needs of individuals, families and her community.

Hicks' publication, "Better Living for Texans" is a semi-monthly nutrition newsletter addressing everyday issues for everyday people. The newsletter uses an easy-to-read format to encouraged healthy food choices and managing family time, among other topics. Each issue reaches more than 3,100 families with its research-based information.

The award is one of many the accomplished Extension agent has won in recent years, including awards for other communications and publications she has produced.

In 2007, she was honored with the highest award given at the national convention, the Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes Extension educators for their leadership, education program efforts and professional development.

Hicks was cited for her primary program focus in health education, especially diabetes and nutrition education. She was lauded for her ability to reach thousands of citizens in Hopkins County and surrounding areas through a series of lessons, one-shot programs, newspaper columns, newsletters, exhibits and health fairs, which she has either hosted, participated in, prepared, distributed or helped organize.

"Literally hundreds have benefitted from these programs," awards presenters noted in their remarks.

In 2005, Hicks earned a "Clean Homes, Healthy Families Award" for her programming in hygiene.

In 2004, she won the National Extension Association's "Written News Column Award" for her diabetes column, "Advice to Teens: BCCC and Choose Your Friends Wisely," which appeared in the News-Telegram. Hicks' diabetes education program also took top honors in the Florence Hall award category at the Southern Regional meet, and was one of eight to advance to the national contest.

She earned the Texas Extension Association of Family & Consumer Science Agents 2003 Florence Hall Award for her project "Sew -- A Needle Pulling Thread," then went on to be one of two FCS agents recognized by the National Extension Association as a Southern Regional Finalist. She was also one of only eight agents to advance to the Galaxy II Conference.

Hicks has been with Texas AgriLife Extension Service for 12 years. She and husband, Jay, have three children.

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