JASPER — The Newton County Extension Office is delighted to announce that three of its 4-H youth have been named as members of the 2020 Arkansas Teen Star program. The members are Abigale Graham, Tabitha Overman, and Wapiti Mefford. The Arkansas 4-H Teen Star Program is a recognition program for outstanding achievement in the areas of 4-H projects and activities, leadership, and community service. The Teen Star program is a gateway to higher levels of leadership within Arkansas 4-H. The Teen Stars become eligible for Ambassador, who then become eligible to seek an Arkansas State 4-H Office. This is only the second time that Newton County has had Teen Stars selected. Please, meet our Teen Stars.

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Tabitha Overman, is a member of the Mighty Buffalo 4-H Club, she has served as the club’s president since the club began in 2014. She has served as a Teen Leader for the Pirate Pride Cloverbud Club, she has assisted the Jasper American Legion with the ABATE Toy Run at Christmas, she has served as a volunteer for the Christian Food Room as well as at the Newton County Fair and she has assisted the Friends of the Library fundraisers. This past year Tabitha represented Arkansas at the National Western Round-up in Denver Colorado, where she placed first with her presentation, “The Power of Reading”. She is the daughter of Jason and Stephanie Overman.

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Wapiti Mefford, is a member of the Pirate Pride Teen 4-H Club, he is currently serving as Vice President of his club and was the past president of the Junior Pirate Pride Club. Some of Wapiti’s activities are he has represented Newton County at the Arkansas State Dairy Recipe contest and placed 3rd in the State Entrée Division. He has assisted with collection of can and non-perishable foods for the Newton County Christian Food Room and he is a 2019 District Record Book Winner as well as a winner in the 2019 4-H Poster Contest and he placed first in his O’Rama Leadership presentation. He is the son of Jamie and Kimberly Mefford.

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