Eden Maile Mika Hussey, a junior at Yosemite High, was honored as a Fresno Bee Academic All-Star.
Academic All-Stars, in its 23rd year, honors top-achieving students in each of 12 grade levels. A blue-ribbon panel of judges reviews nominations considering academics, athletics, activities and community involvement.
Judges heard from Coarsegold 4-H leader Pat Strimling about Eden: “She is quick to help wherever she is needed and doesn’t wait to be asked. She is a positive role model for the youth of our club.”
Eden wants to attend UC Davis and become a large animal veterinarian, says her mom, Karl Hussey.
Eden’s family moved from Hawaii to Coarsegold 12 years ago, and that’s when they got involved in 4-H. Now it’s a family affair. Her parents are 4-H leaders and her older brother and younger sister are also involved. They raise all their own meat, her mom says.
Although Eden is currently the treasurer of her 4-H club, she has held the president and secretary positions, as well as been a 4-H camp counselor.
She has shown poultry and sheep, and donates her sheep wool to disabled adults to have blankets made for the military. Eden will be attending the UC Davis Youth 4-H State Leadership Conference in July, her mom says.
She’s a full International Baccalaureate student, and has participated in both academic decathlon and pentathlon teams, Strimling says. She also sends shoeboxes to children in need around the world for Christmas.
All her activities keep her busy, and now that Eden has learned to drive, “She’s never home that much,” her mom says. “She’s a lot more independent now that she’s driving.”
Strimling says Eden is always the first to arrive at the 4-H program, and the last to leave. She teaches younger members how to work with their animals.
“Working with animals in the 4-H program has helped in her decision to become a veterinarian, where she can continue her passion for helping people and animals,” Strimling says.
“She’s outgoing,” her mom says. “She’s a natural leader.”
School: Yosemite High School
Parents: Art and Karl Hussey
Achievements: 4-H Club president, treasurer and secretary, county 4-H camp counselor, donates hair to Locks of Love, donates sheep wool to worthy causes