The 2019 4-H State-O-Rama annual gathering brings Arkansas 4-H members from around the state to the University of Arkansas Fayetteville campus to compete in skill events, elect new state officers, award scholarships and name the recipient of the Governor’s Award.
Last week members of the Sebastian County 4-H group participated and took home some awards! Those awards included a third place win in parliamentarian procedure and impromptu speaking.
Sebastian County’s Emily Dunn and Jenna Frederick both received their
- Parliamentarian Procedure team – Impromptu Speaking: Kimber Campbell
Belle Stroh (National Round up 4-H Competition in Denver Colorado Horse) will have the opportunity to go to the Western
- Kennedy Holland (Vocal)
- Lindsey Garretson (Entomology)
Bessie Wood, from Lavaca, was named the State 4-H Volunteer of the Year. The award was presented by the Arkansas Association of Extension 4-H Agents.
Sebastian County Extension Agent Araceli Oswald said “she’s one of the General Leaders of the Lavaca 4-H Club. She was not in 4-H growing up, but, she quickly learned the value of the 4-H program and recognized how it could benefit not only her son but all youth in her
Woods took over the Lavaca 4-H Club about two and a half years ago. “I had no idea how much I was going to enjoy doing this,” said Wood. “Everyone thinks that 4-H is about animals, but there is so much more.” Wood said she is driven to serve because, first, she enjoys it. Secondly, that the program gives kids a variety of options to enjoy, and lastly, that it allows kids to meet with other kids with like
Woods also serves on the Sebastian County Fair Board. She encourages everyone to make plans to attend the fair August 20-24 to see what the local kids have been working on.
Oswald stated that it was a great year for Sebastian County 4-H at State O-Rama! “We were represented by an amazing group of talented youth! We are so proud of their hard work, dedication and courage to compete at state level. We are also, very proud of Mrs. Bessie Wood for receiving the Volunteer of the Year Award. We thank all 4-H members, parents, volunteers, leaders and our community for their continuous support to Make the Best Better.”
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