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By the U of A System Division of AgricultureAug. 22, 2016
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – More than 400 4-Her’s spent about a week on the University of
Arkansas campus for state O’Rama, their summertime opportunity to compete, perform
and network with their peers.
“From our opening assembly speaker to our Awards of Excellence ceremony, we had a
great event this year,” said Priscella Thomas-Scott. “It’s always so rewarding to
see the growth in our 4-H members and to watch them put their learn-by-doing skills
The 2016 event featured tours and workshops that put an emphasis on career-oriented
degrees such as nursing, child development, engineering, interior design and veterinary
Kyle Scheele, a motivational speaker from Springfield, Missouri, kicked off O’Rama
on a high note at the opening assembly – encouraging the 4-H youth to know that they
are not powerless and can put their energies and talents to making a better world.”
“So many times we think it’s top down. One person gets elected or gets appointed and
they say ‘here’s the rules,’ and we all just follow those rules. But the fact of the
matter is real change starts he bottom up,” Scheele said. It starts when one person
makes a difference for another person, when one person reaches out to another person,
when one person has an idea for how their club can increase their enrollment or increase
their membership, or increase their involvement or do something cool for their communities.”
When they start to change their clubs and their communities, then they can think about
changing the world. Scheele challenged them: How are you going to use the one life
that you have?”
Two celebratory event honored 4-H competition winners and donors to the 4-H cause.
The 4-H Awards of Excellence Ceremony recognized those who supported 4-H and awarded
the highly coveted Governor’s Award.
The winner of the 34th Governor’s Award was Lauren Cheevers of Washington County, introduced by Darlene
Millard, former director of the 4-H program and part of the 4-H Foundation.
Millard emphasized that the award was not political at all, “it’s about outstanding
young people and this being the top award in the state.”
For more information about Arkansas 4-H visit www.uaex.uada.edu or contact your county extension office.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity,
sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran
status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative
Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Media Contact: Ryan McGeeneyU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) 671-2120