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More than 400 attend State O’Rama; Cheevers named Governor’s Award winner

By the U of A System Division of Agriculture
Aug. 22, 2016 

Fast facts:

  • 425 4-H members attend 2016 State O’Rama
  • 67 of state’s 75 counties represented
  • 2016 Arkansas Governor’s Award winner was Washington County’s Lauren Cheevers 

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – More than 400 4-Her’s spent about a week on the University of Arkansas campus for state O’Rama, their summertime opportunity to compete, perform and network with their peers. 


“From our opening assembly speaker to our Awards of Excellence ceremony, we had a great event this year,” said Priscella Thomas-Scott. “It’s always so rewarding to see the growth in our 4-H members and to watch them put their learn-by-doing skills to work.” 

The 2016 event featured tours and workshops that put an emphasis on career-oriented degrees such as nursing, child development, engineering, interior design and veterinary science. 

Kyle Scheele, a motivational speaker from Springfield, Missouri, kicked off O’Rama on a high note at the opening assembly – encouraging the 4-H youth to know that they are not powerless and can put their energies and talents to making a better world.” 

“So many times we think it’s top down. One person gets elected or gets appointed and they say ‘here’s the rules,’ and we all just follow those rules. But the fact of the matter is real change starts he bottom up,” Scheele said. It starts when one person makes a difference for another person, when one person reaches out to another person, when one person has an idea for how their club can increase their enrollment or increase their membership, or increase their involvement or do something cool for their communities.” 

When they start to change their clubs and their communities, then they can think about changing the world. Scheele challenged them: How are you going to use the one life that you have?” 

Two celebratory event honored 4-H competition winners and donors to the 4-H cause. The 4-H Awards of Excellence Ceremony recognized those who supported 4-H and awarded the highly coveted Governor’s Award. 

The winner of the 34th Governor’s Award was Lauren Cheevers of Washington County, introduced by Darlene Millard, former director of the 4-H program and part of the 4-H Foundation.  

Millard emphasized that the award was not political at all, “it’s about outstanding young people and this being the top award in the state.” 

For more information about Arkansas 4-H visit or contact your county extension office.   


The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs and services 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: Ryan McGeeney
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2120

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