LITTLE ROCK — Years of hard work, leadership and service to others will be recognized July 24 when the 4-H Governor’s Award, the highest honor for an Arkansas 4-H member, is bestowed on one of three finalists.
On Monday, Gov. Mike Beebe and first lady Ginger Beebe hosted Sarah Mills, Janeé Shofner and Meredith Williams at an elegant lunch at the Governor’s Mansion.
“The 4-H Governor’s Award is given to the 4-Her who demonstrates excellence and embodies the ‘Making the Best Better’ motto of 4-H,” said Brian Helms, a 4-H youth development instructor for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “And it’s always the most difficult decision members of the awards committee will probably make all year.”
The award will be given during state O-Rama, the largest gathering of Arkansas 4-H members held annually at the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville.
Mills, 17, is a member of Outdoor Adventures 4-H Club in Benton County, serves as Ozark district vice president for the Arkansas 4-H and was a delegate for both the 4-H National Conference and 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus. She maintains a 4.0 grade point average and pursues garment construction and teaching sewing skills in her community.
Shofner, 19, is a member of Centerton 4-H Club in Benton County, is enrolled at the University of Arkansas, was state ambassador and elected state 4-H president. She also was an Arkansas delegate to the National 4-H conference, and she has volunteered more than 500 hours counseling at 4-H camps. She has been a member of 4-H since she was 5 years old.
Williams, 18, is a member of Lions’ Pride 4-H Club in White County, where she graduated from Harding Academy this year with a 4.0-plus grade point average. She served as the state president of 4-H and was president of the Harding Academy Chorus and captain of its cross country team. She also was Miss Arkansas Rice in 2012-2013. Her interests include food and nutrition, and she raises awareness in the community about making healthy food choices.
To learn more about 4-H, contact your county extension office or visit www.kidsarus.org.
For more information about these finalists or the Arkansas 4-H governor’s award, visit extension’s Web site, www.uaex.edu or contact your county extension agent.