Twenty-seven Faulkner County 4-H members showcased their talents in various competitive activities at the 2012 Ozark District 4-H O-Rama recently held at the Batesville High School. The theme for this year’s 4-H District O-Rama was "Where Friends Meet Friends." The O’Rama was open to both junior and senior 4-H members from one of 25 counties in the Ozark District of Arkansas, who previously qualified through county level competition.

4-H members from across the area competed in various speaking and skill events. Individual results from Faulkner County 4-H youth are as follows: 1st place junior Technology Showcase – Alex Wilson; 1st place junior Veterinary Science – Isabella Boyd; 1st place junior Fashion Revue, Purchased Dressy – Olivia Bowles; 1st place junior Fashion Revue, Constructed Dressy – Hannah Landers; 2nd place senior Agribusiness Public Speaking – Taylor McNeel; 2nd place senior Health – Lauren Crow; 3rd place Junior Bicycle Safety and Skills – Tanner Riddle; 5th place Senior Bicycle Safety and Skills – Emily Clark; 1st place junior Safety – Alana Rippy; 3rd place senior Safety – Jansen Riddle; 3rd place senior Public Speaking – Holly Hausler; 6th place junior Animal Science – Andrew Hodge; 1st place Senior Horse Science – Sarah Smith; 3rd place Junior Horse Science – Sierra Puckett; Participation Junior Pet Care – Kayleigh Rhudy; 2nd place senior Wildlife Identification – Hunter Burnett; 3rd place junior Crop and Seed Identification – Katie Zabel; 5th place senior Ornamental Horticulture – Hannah Stevenson; 4th place senior Fashion Revue, Purchased Casual – Christina Monday; 5th place senior Fashion Revue, Purchased Dressy – Ashley Raney; 7th place senior Performing Arts, Vocal – Amber Hamm; Participation junior Performing Arts, Vocal – Mary Zimmerebner; 5th place junior Performing Arts, Instrumental – Adam Cook; 5th place senior Performing Arts, Instrumental – Taylor McKinney-Kirkpatrick; 4th place senior Reel Into Sport Fishing – Travis Clark; Participation senior Bait Casting and Game Fish Identification – Hunter Hausler; Participation junior Gun Safety and BB Marksmanship – Brent Clark.

Thirteen senior 4-H members who competed at District O’Rama qualified to compete in their respective categories at the Arkansas 4-H O’Rama at the University of Arkansas Campus in Fayetteville on July 25-27. In addition to earning state qualifications, the Faulkner County 4-H received the Honorable Mention Spirit Award Plaque. A special thank you to the many volunteers, parents, and supporters who assisted in preparing the youth for this year’s event!

For more information about the Faulkner County 4-H Youth Development Program, contact the Faulkner County Extension Service at 501-329-8344 or visit www.uaex.edu/faulkner/4h. 4-H is the youth development program of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service. The 4-H Program is open to all youth between the ages of 5 and 19 years of age without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, disability, or any other legally protected status.