Members of 4-H clubs across Louisiana were named winners and alternates in 49 contests on June 20th at the closing session of the LSU AgCenter's 99th 4-H University (Short Course).
Winners received ribbons, saving bonds, cash awards and trips to events such as 4-H Congress, which is held in Atlanta, Georgia. More than 1,400 students participated in 4-H University, which is held over three days on the Louisiana State University campus. The students participated in 49 contests, 14 Clover College educational tracks or other educational programs.
"The 4-H Program's vision is to reach a diverse population by creating opportunities for young people to develop a sense of belonging, independence, generosity and mastery they need to thrive as contributing citizens of our state," said Mark Tassin, state leader for the LSU AgCenter's 4-H youth development program. "4-H University plays a big part of that goal."
Contests represented areas such as agricultural product demonstrations, computer simulation, insect identification and wildlife habitat judging. Clover College tracks explored concepts such as robotics, forensics, and life after high school and learning the basic fundamentals of sound financial management.
"Once again, we have had a successful week at 4-H U," said Mark Tassin, "We try to adapt the program to meet the needs and wants of our 4-H members. I continue to be impressed by everyone's enthusiasm at this event."
During 4-H University, elections for state offices and the 4-H Executive Committee were held. Also, delegates for National 4-H Conference held in Washington, D.C. were selected.
Other members of the 4-H Executive Committee are elected to represent the five regions of the state. Elected from the Southeast Region was St. James 4-H'er, Rebekah Taylor, from Lutcher High School. Laynie Arceneaux, Lutcher High School, was accepted onto the Food and Fitness Board as a statewide leader. Kayla Sherman, a member at large, was named to the State Fashion Board and Brandi Sieber, Lutcher High School, was named to the State Citizenship Board for the second year.
St. James 4-H was recognized for its participation in the state wide Distracted Driving Program.
St. James 4-H members competing in the 4-H University contests were:
4-H Has Talent – Katy Roussel, 3rd Place Blue Ribbon Winner
Career Preperation- Brandi Sieber, participant
Child Development –Rebecca Davis, 2nd Place Blue Ribbon Winner
Dog Care Science- Lamy Guidry, participant
Fashion Review/Ready to Wear – Kayla Sherman, participant
Family and Consumer Science Demonstration –
Victoria Rocquin & Rebekah Taylor, 2nd Place Blue Ribbon Winner
Abby White & Jenna White, 3rd Place Blue Ribbon Winner
Fishing Sports – Blaise Duhe, participant
Horticulture Demonstration/Use – Laynie Arceneaux, 4th Place Blue Ribbon Winner
Plant Science – Marie Matirne, participant
Participating in Clover College were: