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4-H Foundation awards scholarships to local members

Posted: June 16, 2014 - 7:34am
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Taylor McNeel
Taylor McNeel

The Faulkner County 4-H Foundation serves many purposes in Faulkner County including keeping community leaders and friends informed of the county’s 4-H Youth Development Program.

This year’s recipients are:

• Taylor J. McNeel, daughter of John and Laura McNeel of Vilonia, is the recipient of the Senator Stanley Russ 4-H Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. She was a nine-year member of the Hooves, Spurs, and Furs 4-H Show Team Club, served as an Arkansas 4-H Ambassador, and was selected as a delegate to the National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C. In Taylor’s words, “My 4-H career has prepared me to be a successful college student and person in the world today.”

Taylor is currently pursuing a degree in Agriculture Business from Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia. Her goal is to become an agricultural policy advisor or government affairs specialist.

• Jansen Riddle, son of Jason and Gina Riddle of Damascus, is the recipient of the Faulkner County 4-H John Hawks Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $750. Jansen is a seven-year 4-H member and currently holds the office of State 4-H Officer-At-Large. He also serves as an Arkansas 4-H Ambassador and was named a 2013 state 4-H Record Book winner in his Dairy Science project. Jansen was also selected as one of four Arkansas 4-H members to serve at the 2014 National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C. In Jansen’s words, “The 4-H Program has taught me the value of growing as an individual. That value comes from being a servant and never thinking of myself as better than anyone else.”

Jansen plans to obtain a degree in Kinesiology and be an athletic coach.

• Laci Rios is the recipient of the Dennis Wilcox Memorial 4-H Scholarship in the amount of $750. Laci is the daughter of Lino and Angie Rios of Vilonia and was a 13 year member of the Vilonia 4-H Club. Her 4-H project emphasis is Swine, Poultry Science, Fitness, and Citizenship. Laci served as a delegate to the Citizenship Washington Focus Program, Teen Leader Conference, and the 4-H Kansas City Global Summit. She has also attended state 4-H camp and served as a state 4-H camp counselor. Laci stated in her 4-H essay, “Because of my 4-H experiences, I have found out things about myself that I may have never known. This has helped me to know what I would be interested in when I get to college (and things I want to avoid).”

Laci is currently attending the Arkansas State University – Beebe and plans to transfer to the University of Arkansas to complete her degree in Animal Science.

• Emily Ann Clark, daughter of Randal and Tracy Clark of El Paso, is the recipient of the $750 Caufield Memorial 4-H Foundation Scholarship. Emily is a 2014 high school graduate and plans to attend Arkansas State University in Beebe to study Early Childhood Education. Emily is a seven-year member of the Hooves, Spurs, and Furs 4-H Club, current member of the County 4-H Teen Leaders, and serves as an Arkansas 4-H Ambassador. Emily was named a 2014 state 4-H Record Book winner in her Swine project. In her essay about the impact 4-H has had on her life, Emily said “4-H has given me confidence, leadership skills, and community service opportunities – opportunities that will impact my life for ever. 4-H gives me goals to strive for and confidence to achieve those goals and to prepare for my future. College speeches, job interviews, tough circumstances on the job? No problem! All thanks to 4-H!”

• Christina Monday is the recipient of the Faulkner County 4-H Foundation General Scholarship in the amount of $750. Christina is the daughter of Lynn Dennis of Damascus. Christina is an eight year member of the Faulkner County 4-H Livestock Club and has been an active member of the Faulkner County 4-H Teen Leaders. In her words, “4-H has helped me reach my goals and has prepared me for the next step – college. The impact 4-H has left on my life is more than I dreamed!”

Christina will attend Arkansas State University – Beebe and complete the basic requirements needed before transferring to the University of Alaska – Fairbanks to complete a degree in Wildlife Biology and Conservation.

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