Congratulations to Emily Branum and Kacey Frederick on their Arkansas 4-H state winning Advanced Record Books. Branum and Frederick’s 4-H Advanced Record Books were judged by a committee in January. Both were selected as Advanced Record Book finalists. After an extensive interview process, Branum was chosen as a state Advanced Record Book winner in Poultry Science, and Frederick was chosen as a state Advanced Record Book winner in Foods and Nutrition. Both 4-H members will be recognized at the Arkansas 4-H State O-Rama in July during the 2017 Arkansas 4-H Awards of Excellence Ceremony. Branum and Frederick also will receive a scholarship and a trip to Atlanta, Georgia in November to attend National 4-H Congress.

Branum has been a member of the Sebastian County 4-H Program for 12 years. Branum says her favorite thing about 4-H is the leadership training she has received and the innumerable opportunities to learn. Frederick has been a member of the Sebastian County 4-H Program for seven years. Frederick says 4-H is about helping others and to encourage its youth members to leave the world a better place than they found it.

The basis of the 4-H program is project work. 4-H members can select from many activities in more than 100 project areas, including animal science and agriculture, bicycle care and safety, vegetable and flower gardening, entomology, technology, cooking, health and nutrition, sewing, and photography. 4-H also offers the opportunity for leadership, citizenship, and community service activities. The Sebastian County 4-H Program is backed by research and directed by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service. Record keeping and completing a Record Book describing work in a member’s project is an important part of 4-H. While it is not an easy process, the benefits are many. Completing a record book each year is the conclusion of project work for the year.

The 4-H clubs in Sebastian County are: Carnall, Dayton, Lavaca, James Fork, Project Fusion, Shooting Sports, and Horse. Some events hosted in Sebastian County that might be of interest, but not limited to, are: Fashion Revue, Performing Arts, Poultry Barbecue and Dairy Foods Contest, Technology Camp, Financial Camp, livestock showing workshop, photography workshop, community service, and Talks and Demonstrations.

Membership in the Sebastian County 4-H Program are open to all youth between the ages of 5 and 19, regardless of 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.

For more information about participation in the Sebastian County 4-H Program, please contact the Sebastian County Cooperative Extension Service at 479-484-7737.