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The Hopkins family selected as 2022 Family of the Year




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Left to right: Lena Hopkins, John Hopkins, Mikayla Hopkins, Patricia Hopkins, John P. Hopkins, Carolyn Sherlock, Chris Sherlock

The Hopkins family of Morrilton, Arkansas, received the 2022 Family of the Year award during Family Weekend Sept. 16-18. Named by John Hopkins, a biological anthropology major and music minor, the family was honored during Family Weekend during the Arkansas vs. Missouri State University game on Saturday, Sept. 17.

They received an on-field award, tickets to the game, as well as family weekend packages that included admission to various family weekend events. Additionally, ASG leaders and senior U of A leaders hosted the family for a meal at a local Fayetteville restaurant.

“The Student Associate Government is delighted to present the Hopkins family as the 25th Razorback Family of the Year,” said Tyler Merreighn, ASG Vice President. “The Hopkins family represents the Razorback spirit. Their unwavering support and loyalty to the University of Arkansas is inspiring and truly represents a model Razorback family. They beyond deserve this honor and this award.”

The Hopkins family currently has a son and a daughter who attend the U of A.

  • John, Honors College Fellow, is completing his senior year. He is involved with the Honors College Ambassadors and Latter-Day Saint Student Association program, and he has previously been involved with the Jazz Band and Collegiate Chorale.

  • His wife, Lenagraduated with honors from Walton College of Business last May.

  • carolinaa major in human development and family science, is a Fellow of Honors College, and works at the Jean Tyson Child Development Center.

  • Her husband, Chrisis a junior major in communications and is in his fifth year of service in the Arkansas Air National Guard.

  • The eldest of the three Hopkins siblings is Mikailagraduated in biochemistry from the U of A in 2017, who now teaches at New Technology High School at Rogers.

Their parents, John P. and Patricia Hopkins, are huge supporters of the Razorbacks and the U of A. “My grandfather and my father built a place to gather us, and we call it The Hog Pound,” John noted. about his family spirit for Razorbacks. A gathering place for birthday dinners, holidays and of course, Razorback sports, The Hog Pound is complete with a glazed painted Razorback on the concrete in the center of the floor. When John suffered a life-threatening illness that caused him to miss two semesters of college, he said, “Each family member supported me in different ways: my parents by helping me stay on top of homework and communication with professors, my older sister by teaching me how to set goals and plan on a small scale, and my younger sister by encouraging me daily when we meet or meet on campus.” It’s a Razorback family!

The Hopkins’ commitment, pride and spirit towards the U of A all demonstrate why they truly deserve this award.

Associated Student Government LogoThe Associated Student Government and Parent and Family Programs sponsor the annual Razorback Family of the Year. Family of the Year represents the university as the model Razorback family. The model Razorback family exemplifies the spirit of Arkansas and provides exceptional support for its students to succeed in college. The difficult selection of the honorary family was entrusted to a committee made up of student leaders and staff from the Associated Student Government, New Student and Family Programs, Office of Student Activities, and Center for Community Engagement. Any questions should be directed to Tyler Merreighn, ASG Vice President, at [email protected]

The Associated Student Government of the University of Arkansas is a student-run organization that acts as an organized voice for all students and strives to effectively represent student interests. For more information about ASG, please email [email protected] or call 479-575-5255. ASG is a program of the Division of Student Affairs.

About the Student Affairs Division: The Student Affairs Division helps students pursue their education, earn a degree, find meaningful careers, explore diversity, and connect with the global community. We provide students with housing, restaurants, healthcare resources, and create innovative programs that educate and inspire. We’re enhancing the University of Arkansas experience and helping students succeed, one student at a time.

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