With a theme of All Roads Lead to 4-H U, LaSalle 4-H youth attended the 105th 4-H University held in Baton Rouge, June 18 – 21. Over 1,200 4-H youth and volunteer leaders from across Louisiana came to the LSU campus to participate in contests and learning activities.
In addition to 40 various contests and 10 Clover College tracks to choose from, 4-H’ers participated in workshops, seminars, ceremonies, and just for fun activities. During the state event, members also elect new state officers, regional representatives, national conference delegates, and new members for the five state youth leadership boards. Erin Wilkinson will represent LaSalle Parish on the State Shooting Sports Board for her second year and complete her two-year term.
In the competitive contests, youth contended for educational trips to the Gulf Coast and Chattanooga, TN. They also vied for spots to represent Louisiana 4-H in several national competitions, outdoor educational adventures, and cash prizes.Competition at 4-H U can be intense but the competitiveness is kept in perspective.Winning is not everything. The experience the youth gain from competing makes everyone a winner.
For members who elect not compete, 4-H U offers Clover College. Clover College is a selection of seven-hour programs focused on education, career exploration, and exposing youth to campus life. Sessions included forensics, modern technology in healthcare, graphic design, horsemanship, learning about opportunities in the LSU College of Agriculture, Video Production, Geographic Information Systems, LSU Athletic Department, Fashion Design, Music Interactive, and Environmental Sciences.
4-H University also allows the participants to experience what life is like on a major college campus. Participants stay in dormitories during the event, and the contests and programs are held across the LSU campus, exposing 4-H members to a college-like experience.
Results for LaSalle Parish 4-H include Hannah Parker, 1st Place Individual Horticulture Judging and ID; Lora Elliot, 2nd Place Individual Horticulture Judging and ID; Dakoda Fausphoul, 6th Place Individual Horticulture Judging and ID. Hannah, Lora, and Dakoda also represent the 1st place team and awarded the 4-H Educational Awards trip to Tennessee this July.
Also competing includes Madison Moore, 4-H has Talent contest, Taylor Veillion in the Child Development contest, and Abigail Rogers in Fishing Sports.
This year’s Clover College participants include Jon’Nell Fair and Cassidie Waits.
Jon’Nell took part in Forensics: The first 48 hours, which led participants on the real-life science behind solving crimes through hands-on lab analysis, investigation, observation, evidence collection and problem solving.
Cassidie participated in the Health Professions 101 and took part in hands-on learning experiences associated with radiologic technology, respiratory therapy, laboratory sciences, physical therapy, nutritional sciences, and many more professions.
For more information on 4-H and other youth development program activities, or if you are interested in serving as a volunteer contact your local Cooperative Extension Service at (318) 992-2205.It is the policy of the