Twenty-four Ascension Parish 4-H’ers attended Cirque de 4-H….A Big Top of Leadership at 4-H University, held on June 21-24, 2011, on Louisiana State University’s campus in Baton Rouge, La. Attending from Ascension parish were 24 4-H members, 4-H agent Laura Brumbaugh and adult volunteers Kimmarie Dutton and Rob Fox.
This was the 97th year for the event. More than 1,900 Louisiana 4-H members and volunteer leaders converged on the LSU campus. Nearly 1,600 youth participated in either competitive or non-competitive educational events. This annual events allows youth to engage in hands on learning opportunities, explore future careers, practice service to others and increase communication and teamwork skills.
During the day, members participated in contests and educational activities or Clover College, a non competitive option for youth.
There are 40 contests in which to compete including 4-H Has Talent, Computer Simulation, Dog Care, Livestock Judging, Fashion Review, Sports Broadcasting and Outdoor Skills.
In addition to competing in a contest, members must attend educational activities during their free time. They could also choose to tour a dairy farm, a children’s ward of a hospital or LSU athletic facilities.
Clover College is an experience for participants to strengthen communication skills and learn while participating in fun and interactive sessions. Ascension parish had three participants in this mini college experience. They were Alyssa Hughes, Taylor Johnson and Kendra Lang. Hughes participated in the Clover College session Project Runway and Johnson and Lang participated in What’s Next: Your Future After High School. This non-competitive option allows youth an opportunity to learn about program development, future career choices and gain leadership and social skills while developing an action plan to develop programs in the parish. Each track requires seven hours of instruction.
Ascension Parish had 21 members competing at 4-H University. They were Hannah Barrilleaux, Adam Barrilleaux, Whitney Bell, Kodey Broussard, Leslie Decoteau, Kassie deVeer, Katie deVeer, Shawn Fox, Lindsey Fryoux, Matthew Hawkins, Kayla Magee, Brendon Raffray, Ashley Reddicks, Reed Schexnayder, Jessica Stewart, Chelsea Sutherland, Elaina Vercher, James Vercher, Audrey Watts and Hailey Wells.
On Tuesday, June 21, guest Dr. William B. Richardson, Chancellor of the LSU AgCenter, welcomed youth to Baton Rouge and LSU. Youth also enjoyed keynote speaker, Tom Schedler from the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office. Ascension Parish was also recognized for its community service during the presentation of statewide service learning during the program. Katina Hester, an Ascension Parish volunteer, was recognized onstage as one of only two volunteers to complete Master Volunteer certification in the state of Louisiana.
On June 22, state board members were announced. Representing Ascension Parish on the Science, Engineering and Technology Board is Ashley Reddicks. Amber Reaves is on the Citizenship Board and Leslie Decoteau in on the Food and Fitness Board. On the State Executive Board are Kayla Magee, Southeast Regional Representative; Whitney Bell, Southeast Regional Representative and Shawn Fox, 2012 National Conference Delegate.
Blue ribbons were awarded on the final night to those who placed in their contests. Winners from Ascension Parish are Shawn Fox, Ag Product Demonstration, Blue Ribbon Winner; Amber Reaves, Ag Product Demonstration, Blue Ribbon Winner; Jessica Stewart, All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Contest, Blue Ribbon Winner; Hailey Wells, Hannah Barrilleaux and Kassie deVeer, Consumer Decision Making Contest, Blue Ribbon Winners; Ashley Reddicks and Chelsea Sutherland, Environmental Threat Resolution, 1st Alternate Winners; Kayla Magee and Whitney Bell, Solutions Unlimited, 3rd Place Blue Ribbon Winners; Adam Barrilleaux, Matthew Hawkins, Katie deVeer and Elaina Vercher, The Next Food Star, Blue Ribbon Winners.
The Louisiana 4-H Program is an educational program of the LSU AgCenter. For more information about the LSU AgCenter visit www.lsuagcenter.com.