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State titles, Governor’s Award to be given at 4-H Arkansas State O-Rama

By Emily Thompson
U of A System Division of Agriculture
July 20, 2018 

Fast Facts:

  • 4-Her’s will compete for state titles at the 4-H State O-Rama July 25-26
  • Arkansas Governor’s Award recipient to be named at the event
  • Laymon Hicks, youth motivational speaker, will give the keynote address 

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.— Hundreds of youths will descend upon the University of Arkansas Fayetteville campus for one of the largest 4-H gatherings in the state. 

The 2018 Arkansas State O-Rama, a two-day event filled with state level competitions, workshops and activities for Arkansas 4-Her’s, will take place July 25-26. 

"I am excited this year,” said Priscella Thomas-Scott, 4-H events coordinator for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “The event schedule is educational and fun. With over 500 participants registered for State 4- H O-Rama, the event has a host workshops, tours and competitive activities. Other highlights of the event include recognizing our scholarship recipients, record book winners and electing the state 4-H officer team.”

This year’s keynote speaker is Laymon Hicks, author and youth motivational speaker. 

In his speeches, Hicks shares with youths lessons he’s learned from his life, going from troubled teen to graduating high school with a 4.0 GPA and then later obtaining a doctorate. He tells his story while assuring his audience that “failure is not a fatality” and encourages them to “Get Up, Get Out, and Go Get It.” 

Maggie Sans, vice president for community relations at Walmart, will speak at the awards ceremony. In her role at Walmart, Sans leads the company's efforts to strengthen the investment stores and associates make in communities. 

Along with competing for state titles, 4-Her’s will also be recognized for their achievements and successes throughout the past year. The recipient Arkansas Governor’s Award, 4-H’s highest honor, will be announced at the event. 

4-H is a youth development program operated 4-H is a program of the Cooperative Extension Service. The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The program teaches participants life skills through the “learn by doing” model. Program participants gain knowledge through non-formal, science-based, experiential education activities.

For more information about 4-H, contact your local county extension agent or visit,


About the Division of Agriculture

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system. 

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.  

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons 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: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126

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