LauraM. Brumbaugh, Guidry, Hope B.
St. Martin Parish 4-H’ers attend 4-H University-Celebrating a Century of Leading, Competing, and Succeeding
4-H University was held on June 17-20, 2014 on Louisiana State University’s campus in Baton Rouge. Attending from St. Martin parish were 26 4-H members. Attending with the youth were 4-H agents Laura Brumbaugh and Hope Guidry and adult volunteers Rebecca Clark, Reginald Hill, Erica Poirier, Tremaine Rossyion, and Dina Theriot.
This was the 100th year for the event, where more than 1,500 Louisiana 4-H members and volunteer leaders converged on the LSU campus. Youth participated in either competitive or non-competitive educational events. This annual events allows for 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 to compete in 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 choose to tour among other things 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. St. Martin parish had 6 participants in the mini college experience. They were Ryan Broussard, Kaitlyn Calais, Damon Lanclos, Kimberly Louviere, Briana Theriot, and Christopher Wiltz. Broussard and Louviere participated in the Clover College session Health Professions 101 conducted by Our Lady of the Lake, Calais and Lanclos did Info U-Developing Interpersonal Skills, Theriot participated in Fitness Frenzy, and Wiltz did Maps and Apps. This noncompetitive 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.
St. Martin parish had 20 members competing at 4-H University. They were, Maddie Babineaux, Paige Babineaux, Amber Bearb, Elliott Bernard, Erin “EJ” Blanchard, Jonathon Boudreaux, Alex Breaux, Jessica Dupont, Chelsie Frederick, Drake Frederick, Ashli Gachassin, Peter Harris, Miranda Kidder, Hannah Landry, Devin LeBlanc, Alexis Louviere, Hali Louviere, Kelci Louviere, Bailey Poirier, and Maranda Wiltz.
On Tuesday, June 17, guests F. King Alexander, LSU President and Chancellor and Dr. William B. Richardson, LSU Vice President for Agriculture, welcomed youth to Baton Rouge and LSU. Youth also enjoyed keynote speaker, Scott Backovich where he talked about becoming a catalyst of change in your community.
On June 19th, state board members were announced. Representing St. Martin parish on the Science, Engineering and Technology Board is Devin LeBlanc. On the Food and Fitness Board is Erin “EJ” Blanchard. On the Fashion Board is Maddie Babineaux. On the State Executive Board is Hali Louviere as Southwest Regional Representative.
Blue ribbons were handed out on June 19th as well to those who placed in their contests. Winners from St. Martin Parish were:
State Winner: Maddie Babineaux, Fashion Review-Ready to Wear
State Winner High Point Individual: Jonathon Boudreaux, Poultry Judging
State Winner: Hannah Landry, Child Development
2nd Place Team: Jonathon Boudreaux, Miranda Kidder, and Maranda Wiltz, Poultry Judging Team
3rd Place: Hali Louviere, Soybean Illustrated Talk
4th Place Individual: Maranda Wiltz, Poultry Judging
5th Place: Jessica Dupont, Environmental Conservation Illustrated Talk
Blue Ribbon Winner Individual: Paige Babineaux, Automotive
Blue Ribbon Winner: Amber Bearb, Photography
Blue Ribbon Winner: Erin “EJ” Blanchard, Compact Tractor