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July 30, 2021

Fritch wins Arkansas 4-H Governor’s Award

By Tracy Courage
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Fast facts:

  • Faith Fritch wins Arkansas 4-H Governor’s Award, $3,000 scholarship
  • Award is highest honor in Arkansas 4-H

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FERNDALE, Ark. – Faith Fritch of Benton County won the 2021 Arkansas 4-H Governor’s Award, the youth development program’s highest honor.  

HIGHEST HONOR — Faith Fritch of Benton County won the 2021 Arkansas 4-H Governor’s Award, the youth development program’s highest honor. (Division of Agriculture photo.)

Fritch received the award – and a $3,000 scholarship – on July 29 during the annual Arkansas 4-H Awards of Excellence held at the C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center. As part of the award, Fritch’s name will be added to a plaque on permanent display at the Arkansas 4-H Center.

The Arkansas 4-H Governor's Award recognizes one outstanding Arkansas 4-H member each year.

“It is always a tough decision for our judges because at this level, they are all so accomplished and have served their communities in such meaningful ways,” said Angie Freel, associate department head for 4-H.

Selection is based on nominees’ accomplishments in leadership, citizenship, community service, 4-H projects and activities and overall contributions to Arkansas 4-H.  Four young women were named finalists: Fritch, Eva Berryhill of Leola, Sarah Gaskin of Bald Knob, and Jenna Frederick of Fort Smith. Finalists each received a $1,000 scholarship.

Last month, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and his wife, Susan, hosted a luncheon for the finalists at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion.

“Each of this year’s four finalists has enriched the 4-H program in a special way,” Gov. Hutchinson said in a recorded message played at the awards ceremony Thursday night. “I’m proud of each of you and the way you represent Arkansas and 4-H.”

Fritch, who served as the 2020-2021 Arkansas 4-H state president, attends Henderson State University, where she is majoring in psychology and minoring in music. Her main 4-H project is performing arts. She has studied violin for nine years and voice for four years and has competed at the county, district and state levels. In 2019, she performed during the opening ceremonies of the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta.  She now plays with Henderson State’s strings ensemble and is part of the university’s Chi Alpha worship ministry.

Aside from performing, Fritch is also an award-winning marksman and competed nationally in shooting sports.

“Through 4-H, I’ve had many successes, but my favorite success was having the honor of being elected Arkansas 4-H state president,” she said. “I’ve been able to meet people all over the United States.”

To learn about 4-H and other extension programs in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit Follow us on Twitter at @Arkansas4H.


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Media contact:
Tracy Courage
Director, Communications Services
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126