Arkansas 4-H announces 2020–21 state ambassadors

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State ambassadors represent 4-H at fairs, donor events and more

Arkansas 4-H serves more than 133,000 children and young adults

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture has selected 22 Arkansas 4-H members as ambassadors to represent the organization statewide for 2020-21. Ambassadors collaborate with the division’s Cooperative Extension Service to plan and facilitate 4-H events throughout the year, representing 4-H at various activities such as fairs, donor events, awards programs and community and state events.

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REPRESENTING — The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture has selected 22 Arkansas 4-H members as ambassadors to represent the organization statewide for 2020-21. Ambassadors collaborate with the division’s Cooperative Extension Service to plan and facilitate 4-H events throughout the year, representing 4-H at various activities such as fairs, donor events, awards programs and community and state events. (Division of Agriculture photo.)

“Each of our new ambassadors has already had an impact in their communities and in 4-H at the local, regional and state 4-H programs and will represent Arkansas 4-H well,” said Angie Freel, associate department head of 4-H. “Serving as an ambassador will help them develop additional skills in leadership, public speaking, citizenship and community service.”

Arkansas 4-H, the youth development program of the Division of Agriculture, serves more than 133,000 youth through programming that helps them learn skills to lead for a lifetime. The core elements of 4-H are leadership, youth-adult partnerships, life skills and community service. Free programs are offered in all 75 counties of Arkansas.

All of this year’s ambassadors were previously “Teen Stars” in the 4-H program. As part of their application to be an ambassador, they developed a 4-H promotional speech and were interviewed by a panel of judges. The new group will be formally recognized later this summer in a virtual awards ceremony.

This year’s ambassadors are:

Arkansas County — Magon James

Benton County — Jessica Hope, Conner LaBrecque and Jose Newsom

Crawford County — Jonathan Cline

Franklin County — Whitnee Wallace

Greene County — Madeline Pillow

Independence County — Sarah Barber and Madison Ireland

Izard County — Gracie Wallgren-Crider

Johnson County — Savannah Loving

Madison County — Sarah Mahan

Pope County — Spencer Warren

Randolph County — Natalie Ballard and Madelyn Hart

Saline County — Grayson Freel

Sevier County — Ethan Wolcott and Hunter Frachiseur

Washington County — Emma Gardner and Janna Morse

White County — Mary Jenna Pruitt and Annabelle Ferren

To learn about extension programs in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit www.uaex.edu. Follow us on Twitter at @UAEX_edu.

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