January 2021- Bayou Gazette Newsletter 7th-12th Graders

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St. Martin Parish Cooperative Extension
114 Courthouse Street
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
337-332-2181 Fax: 337-332-2870
Website: www.louisiana4h.org/stmartin
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
Social Media: Search “St. Martin Parish 4-H” on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, & Pinterest

Clover Events Calendar


1 Rabbit Possession Date

5 Broiler Pickup Date

9-10 Hunter Safety Course, 4-H Office

16 St. Martin Parish Livestock Show and Sale

18 4-H Office Closed- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

20 Monthly Trivia Deadline

25 Junior Leader Meeting

25-30 Acadiana District Livestock Show


6 Super Saturday Contest Day

12-20 State Livestock Show

16 Office Closed- Mardi Gras

22 Junior Leader Meeting

24 Portfolios picked up by 4-H Agents (Club leaders will have prior deadline)

Super Saturday

February 6, 2021
Breaux Bridge High School (1015 BBHS Road, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517)

St. Martin Parish Super Saturday Contest Day is the second big 4-H contest day of the school year. The Rabbit and Poultry Show will be held at Breaux Bridge High School while the 4-H Chef Contest, Demonstrations, and Illustrated Talks will be held through virtual submission. Breaux Bridge High School is located at 1015 BBHS Road, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517. Contests, starting times, deadlines, and locations are listed here. Read the specific rules to find out what time to report for each contest.

Adulting 101- Internet Safety

Nearly all of us rely on our cell phone, email and social media to stay connected. And with the pandemic, now more than ever. So, it’s no surprise that technology can be misused in relationships.

Here are some tips to keep your technology safe in friendships and relationships:

• Put a passcode on your cell phone. This prevents someone from installing unwanted apps, looking through your information, etc. Don’t share with anyone.

• Close your location app if you feel someone is tracking you. It’s considered stalking.

• Anyone who knows your username and password can access your iCloud or Google account.

• Say no to sending pictures and videos you are not comfortable sending. Someone pressuring you to share texts, images etc. is a red flag!

• Say no to your friends tagging you, sharing texts, images or videos without your consent.

Even in relationships, you have a right to privacy. No one should demand your private information.

“Checking-in” on your app (Facebook, foursquare) can be fun and help to connect with others in the same event or location as you are. It can be dangerous. Letting someone else track you can put you in a compromising situation. When you do this, you are using something called location services, which are features of an app that track and use your geographical location (or geolocation).

Gaming is fun and connects you to others across the globe. The video gaming industry is huge and shows no signs of slowing down. While there were almost 1.82 billion video gamers across the world in 2014, this figure is expected to rise to over 2.7 billion gamers by 2021. Know and guard your social and gaming networks information. While most gamers use an assumed identity, there can also be hidden financial risks in downloading and playing web and app-based games.

You should never feel bad for putting your safety first, even if it means you may present yourself as rude. You are not responsible for someone else’s behavior but know that you have the power to protect yourself and avoid situations that you feel are not safe or make you feel uncomfortable.

When something happens in a friendship or relationship that feels uncomfortable, this is a red flag. A red flag feeling is when something happens that causes you to feel uncomfortable, worried, sad, or anxious. It is a warning sign that something might be wrong. When you have a red flag feeling, it's important to slow down, pause, and think about the situation. You can use FIRE to help you think through the red flag feeling. Slow Down, Pause, and Remember F.I.R.E.

Red Flag Feelings

1. Feel. Take the pulse of your emotions. Are you feeling sad, anxious, jealous, excluded, or uncomfortable? If not, what emotion captures how you feel?

2. Identify. Think about what caused you to have this feeling. What happened? Was it something you—or someone else—said or did?

3. Reflect. Consider possible responses. What choices of action are available to you? What are the benefits or drawbacks—for you and for others—of each step you might take?

4. Enact. Take steps to act. How can you move forward to address the situation in a way that feels positive and productive—for you and for others?

Pay attention to the “red flags “and trust your instincts. Use common sense and follow your instincts. Internet safety rules and guidelines are meant to protect you. You deserve to be in a safe and healthy relationship, both in person and online. If you or a friend finds yourselves in an unhealthy or abusive relationship, there’s help available across Louisiana. Find more information on programs and resources at the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence: https://lcadv.org/programs-resources/

4-H Trivia

Each month, we will have a trivia contest in The 4-H Bayou Gazette newsletter.

If you are one of the members of your club to email the correct answer to us, along with your full name, school you attend and your grade level, you will receive a prize at your next club meeting. Remember, your answer must be correct!

January 4-H Trivia Question:

List one of the Red Flag Feelings associated with internet safety.

Email us the answer along with your full name, the school you attend, and your grade level by 1/20/20 to: stmartin4h@yahoo.com

4-H Portfolio Information

4-H Portfolios will be given to 4-H members at the January club meetings and can also be found online. The portfolio is a record of your 4-H participation this year. Your Portfolio should be turned in if you want to attend Achievement Day. Achievement Day is a super fun event that is scheduled for April 1, 2021 at Breaux Bridge High School.

Why do a portfolio?

Writing things down helps us remember what’s happening and what we need to do.4-H portfolios are an important way to keep track of our 4-H experiences. Everyone feels good when portfolios are worked on throughout the year and completed by the deadline. It will be more fun and less frustrating if you spend some time each week on your portfolio. Records are a part of life. You’ll have records related to your money, insurance, taxes, and property when you grow up. Pictures are fun records of what you’ve done. You’ll enjoy your pictures much more if they are organized in a way that you can find them easily. Doing a 4-H portfolio is a part of 4-H life that helps in many ways.


1: Competitive Deadline: 4-H members’ portfolios are due on February 24, 2021 if the 4-H member wants their portfolio judged and to be considered for Outstanding Record Book Awards.(Agents will pick up these books at each school on February 24, 2021.) 4-H club leaders WILL ask for your portfolio prior to February 24th.It is the responsibility of the 4-H club member to know when their school club leader wants the books!

2: Non-competitive deadline: Members who turn in portfolios after February 24th and on or before March 5th are eligible to attend Achievement Day, but their book will not be judged and they will not be considered for Outstanding Record Book awards.

My club leader wants my book on: ___________________________

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Some Hints for Developing Your Portfolio:

  • Need Pictures for Your Portfolio?
  • ASK for HELP from Club Leader or 4-H Agents.
  • Be Neat. Use a pencil or computer to type information. Neat portfolios get higher scores!
  • Portfolios are easier if you do them one section at a time.
  • Make sure your portfolio is complete. Answer the questions with complete sentences.
  • Include pictures of you competing in 4-H contests, attending 4-H workshops , and doing project books activities.
  • Clip 4-H news articles and 4-H newsletter articles in which your name appeared from the Cloverbud Gazette newsletter or newspaper. Look on the St. Martin Parish 4-H Facebook page for articles as well.

Junior Leadership Conference

The State 4-H Executive Board is excited about an opportunity they would like to provide to your teens. So SAVE THE DATE and make plans for some of your parish’s 8th – 12th grade members to “Walk their Way to Leadership” during the 2021 JLC!

The plan is to provide:

  • The same, one day leadership event, from 9:45a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in three different locations ( Shreveport, Alexandria, Baton Rouge )
  • Focused on developing the LEADERSHIP skills of teens
  • Targeting 8-12th grade

Registration Information

  • Each parish may send up to 4 teens (alternates may be registered in case COVID guidelines change)
  • Registration information will be sent after the first of the year and will have a quick turn around time due to the nature of our changing environment.
  • Selection Process: The selection process used to determine the four students from St. Martin Parish 4-H will be based on participation points earned over the past two years while in the Junior Leadership project club.
  • Executive Board members DO NOT count towards the 4 people allowed per parish.
  • When one location fills up there will be not more spaces available.
  • Only adults assigned to JLC will be allowed in the facility unless additional space becomes available
  • Lunch will be provided and all COVID – 19 guidelines will be followed.
  • Students will be responsible to provide their own transportation

Clovers to These 4-Hers

So many 4-H members from across the parish donated non-perishable food items to the Food for Families Food Drive as well as toys for the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Toy Drive.

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Congratulations December Trivia Contest Winners

Last month’s trivia question was “What is one reason why professional or business etiquette is so important??”The correct answer was one of the following: creates respect for yourself and others, creates a positive atmosphere, can improve communication, helps people feel important and welcomed, creates better customer or client relationships, and allows less drama.

Congratulations to the following prize winners:

At-Large: Alyssa Theriot, Camden Schwander, Benjamin Ellender, Isabelle Couvillion, Olivia O’Brien

BBHS: Brian Ellender, Taylon Roy, Bliss Guidry, Ariyannah Thibeaux

SMJH: Ga’Laina Harris

SMSH: Abbey Poirier

State Commodity Ambassador Contest

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The Louisiana 4-H Commodity Ambassador contest is a state level speaking competition designed to allow youth to demonstration their ability to effectively communicate about some of Louisiana's most important commodities including poultry, eggs, beef, seafood, sugar, sweet potatoes and rice. Each participant must present a demonstration on the preparation of an affordable, nutritious dish showcasing one of the following commodities: chicken, turkey, eggs, beef, seafood, sugar, sweet potatoes, or rice.

The demonstration should include information regarding the chosen commodity including but not limited to:

  • Steps in preparation of a dish utilizing the selected commodity.
  • Information on nutritional value, preparation and storage, food safety, product quality, product versatility, and economic benefit of cooking with the commodity.
  • After each demonstration judges will be allowed to ask 3-5 questions per contestant.

Division I and II demonstrations will be judged as pre-recorded video submission with no question and answer session. The videos will be submitted along with the required recipe at the time of registration.

Division III demonstrations will be judged as live presentations via Microsoft Teams

Category priority will be given to those students participating in the Illustrated Talk or Demonstration contest at Super Saturday on February 6th. For more information, visit https://www.lsuagcenter.com/topics/kids_teens/events/contests/commodity-ambassador.

Livestock News

Barnyard Bash & Premier Exhibitor Contests

The Premier Exhibitor Contests (except poultry and rabbits) will take place on January 13, 2021 at the Breaux Bridge High School barn. All exhibitors must have pre-registered by the December 2, 2020 deadline in order to participate in these premier exhibitor contests.

The Barnyard Bash will take place after the tests, from 6:30pm-8:00pm with fun games.

Spring Livestock Show Dates:

St. Martin Parish Livestock Show: January 16, 2021 (BBHS Barn)

Acadiana District Livestock Show: January 25-30, 2021 (Lafayette, LA)

LSU State Livestock Show: February 12-20, 2021 (Gonzales, LA)

What is Old Timers Showmanship?

It is a time for “Old Timers” to get back in the ring and show if they still have “it” when it comes to showing animals. You pay $5.00 to sign up or sign someone else up to show any of the species. What if you don’t want to show? Pay $10.00 to get your name off the showing list. All proceeds from the old timer's showmanship classes benefit the St. Martin Parish 4-H Livestock program. Look for sign-ups at the show!

A shoutout to our Livestock Clinic Participants:

Annalise Arnaud, Landon Battin Josie Blanchard, Isabelle Couvillion, Bradlie Debnam, Aiden Edgar, James Gauthier, Ava Gauthier, Mary Harris, Therese Harris, Emma Latiolais, Preston Latiolais, Cullen LeLeu, Anna Oliver, Reid Oliver, and Aubrey Prioux.

Rabbit News

The St. Martin Parish Rabbit Show will be held on February 6, 2021 at the Breaux Bridge High School Livestock Barn in conjunction with the Super Saturday Contest Day. Participants must be 9 years of age or older as of 12/31/2020.Exhibitors must have had the rabbits in their possession by January 1, 2021 in order to participate in this event. Eligible exhibitors must pre-register their individual rabbits by January 15th. There will be an entry fee of $3.00 per rabbit and checks should be made payable to St. Martin Parish 4-H.All meat pens must be pre-registered by January 15th and will require an entry fee of $10.00 per pen. Pre-registration forms were mailed to rabbit exhibitors on our list – contact the 4-H Office if you did not receive one.

The St. Martin Parish Rabbit Premier Exhibitor contest will be held on February 3, 2021 at the 4-H Office. (Only exhibitors who turned in their premier exhibitor registration form by January 4, 2021 are eligible.)

Save the Date: There will be a State Rabbit Show at the State Evacuation Shelter (located right next to the Dewitt Livestock Facility) in Alexandria on Saturday, March 6, 2021.More information was sent to

rabbit exhibitors on our list – contact the 4-H Office if you did not receive it. Entry forms for this event will be due to the 4-H Office by January 15th.

A shout-out to our Rabbit Clinic Participants:

Andi Alvarez, Bradlie Debnam, Warren Ebow III, Ava Johnson, Ethan Meche, Aubrey Prioux, Bryce Thorton, Nathan Thorton IV

Poultry News

The St. Martin Parish Poultry Premier Exhibitor contest will be held on February 3rd at the 4-H Office. (Only exhibitors who turned in their premier exhibitor registration form by January 4, 2021 are eligible.)

The Parish Poultry Show will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2021 in conjunction with Super Saturday Contest Day at the Breaux Bridge High School Livestock Barn.More information will be sent to those who registered for this event.

A Shout-Out to our Poultry Clinic Participants:

Landon Battin, Aiden Edgar, Perry Hernandez, Ethan Meche, Aubrey Prioux, and Aubryana Burleigh.

Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruit like oranges are in season right now. That means they are usually more flavorful and less expensive in the grocery store. You might even have some growing in your own backyard. They are high in fiber and Vitamin C. Both of those nutrients help our bodies stay healthy. They can be kept in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Easy Fruit Salad

This semi-homemade recipe mixes canned fruit cocktail with fresh fruit and yogurt for a quick and tasty fruit salad.


1 can fruit cocktail (16 ounce, drained)

2 banana (sliced)

2 orange (cut into bite-size pieces)

2 apple (cut into bite-size pieces)

1 yogurt (8 ounces)


1. Mix fruit in a large bowl.

2. Add yogurt and mix well.

3. Chill in refrigerator before serving.

Recipe adapted from USDA Whats Cooking

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Shooting Sports is in full swing.
Thanks to all of our coaches who volunteer their time at each practice.

Save the Dates:

January 9-10, 2021:Hunter’s Education Class (4-H Office)

March 15-21, 2021: Southern Regional Shooting Sports Match (WBR, Ascension, & St. James parishes)

April 12-18, 2021: State Shooting Sports Match (WBR and Ascension Parishes)

Additional information and registration forms for each of these events will be mailed out soon!

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Have you participated in many 4-H activities this year? If so, you may want to consider completing an Outstanding Club Member application. The Outstanding Club Member applications are used to choose “outstanding club members” from the St. Martin Parish 4-H program who have been extremely active in the program. Outstanding Club Members are chosen based on their participation throughout the year in 4-H events, activities, and service projects. You must turn in a completed 4-H portfolio by February 24, 2021 to be considered for this award. The applications are due to the 4-H Office by February 24th either by dropping it off at the 4-H Office, emailing completed forms to stmartin4h@yahoo.com, or faxing it to 337-332-2870.Members who turn in applications after February 24th will not be considered for outstanding member recognition. Applications will be given out at the January 2021 4-H club meetings or can be found on our website. Outstanding club members are recognized in May.

4-H Junior Achievement Award Applications Due by February 24th

Eighth grade 4-H members will have the opportunity to apply for the 4-H Junior Achievement Award. Applications will be mailed to each eligible 4-H member soon. Please contact the 4-H Office as soon as possible if you do not receive the packet by the end of January. Applications are due to our office by February 24, 2021.

4-H Scholarship Applications Due by February 24th

Scholarship applications will be mailed/emailed to each senior 4-H member soon. Please contact the 4-H Office if you do not receive the packet by the end of January. Scholarship applications are due by February 24, 2021.

4-H Honor Cords

Seniors, are you looking forward to completing a milestone in your life? Add a little 4-H touch to your special day and apply for a 4-H Honor Cord! Applications are completely online this year. Visit the following website to apply 2021 Louisiana 4-H Honor Cord

Statewide deadline is January 29, 2021.

Junior Leader Club

Looking for a greater 4-H experience? Join the Jr. Leader Club to become more active in 4-H and in your community. January is the last month to sign up! Fill out the Junior Leader Membership Form and submit your $10 dues to the St. Martin Parish Office.

The Jr. Leader Club is a group of St. Martin Parish 4-H members who gather once a month and do fun things. We also like to volunteer at different events, learn new things, help the community, and go on trips!We hope to see you at our next meeting! All 4-H’ers in 7th-12th grades are welcome. Dues for this club are $10.If you haven’t paid your dues, please do so as soon as possible.

The next meeting will take place on Monday, January 25th at 5:30 p.m.


Contact the St. Martin Parish Extension Office
St. Martin Parish Cooperative Extension
114 Courthouse Street
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
337-332-2181 Fax: 337-332-2870
Website: www.louisiana4h.org/stmartin
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
Social Media: Search “St. Martin Parish 4-H” on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, & Pinterest

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