Each July, hundreds of Arkansas’ 4-H members gather at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville campus for the annual 4-H State O’Rama. The 2013 event was held from July 23-26 and its dozens of activities were spread out among Barnhill Arena, the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center, and the University of Arkansas’ Maple Hill complex.
The name “O’Rama,” goes back to the Greek word “horama,” meaning a “spectacle” and combines education, competition, and recognition. Over the event’s three-day period, many of the 800 plus attendees competed in state-final competitions, vied for state 4-H officer positions, and some were honored with scholastic scholarships earned through their individual 4-H project work. Nineteen 4-H members, ages 14-19 years old, along with five adult volunteer leaders and two County Extension Agents, represented Faulkner County 4-H at this year’s event.
Jansen Riddle, son of Jason and Gina Riddle, of Damascus, was elected to serve as 2013-2014 Arkansas 4-H State Officer-At-Large and will represent Arkansas 4-H at various events across the state.
Taylor McKinney-Kirkpatrick and Jansen Riddle were also recognized as state 4-H Project Record Book winners for the respective project work in the Dairy Science project. Each will receive an all-expense paid trip to the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Ga.
In individual competition, Alana Rippy, member of the Guy Small Town 4-H Club, placed first with her Citizenship speech.
The following is a complete list of the Faulkner County 4-H members who participated in this year’s State 4-H O’Rama and how each placed in competition:
• Alana Rippy — Guy Small Town 4-H Club, 1st place, Citizenship Talk
• Hannah Stevenson — Conway Clovers 4-H Club, 2nd place, Ornamental Horticulture
• Sarah Smith — Faulkner County 4-H Dream Team, 4th place, Safety Talk
• Rebecca Watkins — Hooves, Spurs, and Furs 4-H Show Team, 4th place, ATV Safety
• Bridie McClusky — Faulkner County 4-H Veterinary Science Club, 4thplace, Horse Science
• Travis Clark — Hooves, Spurs, and Furs 4-H Show Team, 4th place, Reel Into Sport Fishing
• Haley Carpenter — Cloverleaf 4-H Club, 4th place, Fashion Revue Purchased Dressy
• Hunter Hausler — Conway Clovers 4-H Club, Participation, BB Marksmanship and
• Emily Clark — Hooves, Spurs, & Furs 4-H Show Team, Participation, Photography
• Jansen Riddle — Guy Small Town 4-H Club, Participation, Crop and Weed Identification
• Christina Monday — Faulkner County 4-H Livestock Club, Participation, Bicycle Safety and Skills
• Lauren Crow — Lollie Bottoms 4-H Riders, Participation, Health
• Parliamentary Procedure Team, second place, members include Travis Clark, Andrew Cook, Holly Hausler, Christina Monday and Taylor McKinney-Kirkpatrick.
• Livestock Judging Team, 4th place — Members include Lauren Crow, Morgan Scroggin, Kinsey Watkins and Jansen Riddle.
• Livestock Skills Team — Participation, Members include Laci Rios, Andrew Hodge and Haley Carpenter.
In addition to the competitions and scholarship banquet, the following Faulkner County 4-H members were recognized as Arkansas 4-H Ambassador and will serve as youth leaders at various 4-H activities across the state during 2013-2014: Andrew Cook, Christina Monday, Taylor McKinney-Kirkpatrick, Holly Hausler, Emily Clark and Travis Clark.
The 4-H Program is open to all youth between the ages of 5 and 19 years For more information about the 4-H program in Faulkner County, contact the Cooperative Extension Office at 329-8344.