​The 4-H Bayou Gazette 7th-12th Grade Edition February 2021

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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


7 Super Saturday Contest Day

10 Challenge Camp Registration Due

12-20 State Livestock Show

16 Office Closed- Mardi Gras

22 Trivia Deadline

22 Junior Leader Meeting

24 Portfolios picked up by 4-H Agents (Club leaders will have prior deadline), Junior Achievement Award Application due, 4-H Scholarship Applications due, Outstanding Club Member Applications due


6 State Rabbit Show

11 Horse Club Workshop (BBHS Barn)

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.

4-H Scholarship Applications Due by February 24th

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

Adulting 101- Get Your Money Worth

Every time you shop, you engage in garment analysis. The thoroughness of analysis depends on the type of garment being sought and the consumer’s product knowledge. Quality is very subjective. Consumers’ perceptions of products may be based on intrinsic or extrinsic cues to quality and performance. Experience in garment analysis develops the ability to see and feel quality products.

Life Skills are developed through comparing similar characteristics and performance of a wide variety of products. There are several factors on which quality in the garment industry is based, these include performance, durability, reliability, visual appeal and perceived quality of the garment.

To build a high-quality wardrobe, you need to be able to recognize a quality garment when you see one. You need to understand which properties distinguish high-quality garments from low-quality ones and how to recognize these properties when shopping.

In general, when we say quality, we mean quite a few different, but related things:

  • We want our clothes to look like high-quality garments, not look like something that is about to fall apart. Look for smooth fabric, neat seams, beautiful detailing. We want comfortable clothing that fits the shape of our body, not distort our silhouette or restrict our movements and that feels good on our skin.
  • We want sturdy garments that we can move in without having to worry about ripping seams or popping buttons. We want our clothes to be durable, to last more than a couple of seasons.
  • We want our clothes to keep their shape, not to stretch out or shrink.
  • We don't want fabric that pills or fades after wearing or washing it a couple of times.
  • High price does not always equal quality. Learn how to recognize quality to get your money’s worth.

Many different components need to work together: the fabric, the seams, the lining, the tailoring and even smaller details like buttons and pockets. What distinguishes high-quality from low-quality are the extra steps manufacturers take for a garment to look good now and to maintain its appearance after multiple wears and washes, so that it still feels comfortable on the skin and is well-fitted. All of these’ extras’ take time and money.

How can you make sure you are buying quality? One tip is to look and touch the item. You might be bale to decide whether you like an item visually just by seeing images, but to really assess its quality you need to be able to inspect it up close, to feel it, check the seams try it on.

A yellow question mark in a circlepng 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!

February 4-H Trivia Question:

What is one indication of a high quality garment?

Email us the answer along with your full name, the school you attend, and your grade level by 2/22/21 to: stmartin4h@yahoo.com

4-H Portfolio Information

4-H Portfolios will be given to 4-H members at the January club meetings. 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 currently 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: ___________________________

Looking for your portfolio? You can access them on our website

Junior Leadership Conference


Junior Leadership Conference is scheduled for the following days and locations:

  • March 11th Shreveport
  • March 12th Alexandria
  • March 13th Baton Rouge

Students who register will have the choice to select one date/location to attend for the event. The event is focused on developing the leadership skills of teens in 8-12th grades and will start at 9:45 a.m. and last until 4:30 p.m. at each location. Students will be responsible to provide their own transportation.

Registration Information

  • Each parish may send up to 4 teens (alternates may be registered in case COVID guidelines change)
  • 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.
  • 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.

In order to signup, complete this Registration Form as well as a health form and code of conduct. Submit these three forms to Mrs. Hannah at hdevall@agcenter.lsu.edufor no later than February 8th.

Challenge Camp

Southwest Region 4-H Challenge Camp will be held on March 5th as a one day event in Breaux Bridge along with St. Mary Parish 4-H members. 7th and 8th grade 4-H members are invited to register.

Challenge Camp fee is $10.00 per camper. This fee includes lunch, snacks, all supplies, and a t-shirt.

Spots are limited - Sign up Today!


4-H Youth will actively participate in:

- Outdoor Challenge Activities

- Indoor Challenge Activities

- Teambuilding Activities

- Group Challenges

Camp Registration Form is due to the 4-H Office by February 10, 2021 with payment. (We have a drop box if you need to utilize it) Participants will be excused from school!

Clovers to These 4-Hers

Congratulations January Trivia Contest Winners

Last month’s trivia question was “List one of the Red Flag Feelings associated with internet safety?” The correct answer was one of the following: feel, identify, reflect, and enact.

Congratulations to the following prize winners:

At-Large: Alyssa Theriot, Benjamin Ellender, Olivia O’Brien

BBHS: Brian Ellender

CJHS: Devin Lanclos

SMSH: Abbey Poirier

Livestock News

Congratulations to all of the Parish Livestock Show participants. Overall champions are listed below.


Overall Goat Showmanship Champion: Bradlie Debnam

Champion Buck: Ethan Meche

Champion Doe: Ava Allemond

Senior Premier Exhibitor: Ethan Meche

Junior Premier Exhibitor: Reid Oliver


Overall Sheep Showmanship Champion: Ali Fontenot

Champion Ewe: John Adam Fontenot, Jr.

Champion Market Lamb: Ali Fontenot

Senior Premier Exhibitor: Ali Fontenot

Junior Premier Exhibitor: John Adam Fontenot, Jr.


Overall Beef Showmanship Champion: Mary Harris
Champion Bull :Josie Blanchard

Champion Heifer: James Gauthier

Senior Premier Exhibitor: Mary Harris
Junior Premier Exhibitor: Cullen Leleu


Overall Dairy Showmanship Champion: Cullen Leleu

Champion Dairy: Cullen Leleu

Junior Premier Exhibitor: Cullen Leleu


Overall Champion Swine Showman: Kade Huval

Grand Champion Market Hog: Emma Latiolais

Senior Premier Exhibitor: Kade Huval

Junior Premier Exhibitor: Preston Latiolais

For a complete listing of winners from the parish livestock show, visit our Facebook page at St. Martin Parish 4-H.

Rabbit News

The St. Martin Parish Rabbit Show will be held on February 6th in conjunction with Super Saturday Contest Day at BBHS.

Reminder: 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.

Poultry News

The Parish Poultry Show will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at the Breaux Bridge High School Livestock Barn in conjunction with Super Saturday Contest Day.

Shooting Sports

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

Save the Dates:

February 13-14, 2021: Caddo Classic Shootout

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!

Junior Leader Club

The next meeting will take place on Monday, February 22nd beginning at 5:30 p.m.. 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 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.

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.

Outstanding Club Member Applications

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 2020 4-H club meetings or can be found on our website. Outstanding club members are recognized in May.

Sweeten your Valentine’s Day with Fruit Pizza!

Add strawberries to your snack for a sweet Valentine’s Day treat! Strawberries are so good for you. They are high in nutrients your body needs like dietary fiber, vitamin C, potassium. Your body needs 1 ½ to 2 cups of fruit daily. Get one serving of fruit with this fruit pizza.


2 rice cakes (plain or apple cinnamon)

2 tablespoons yogurt or cream cheese

8 strawberries, sliced

Or any other fruit you like!


1. Spread 2 Tbs cream cheese on each rice cake.

2. Arrange sliced strawberries, grapes, or any fruit of your choice on top of the cream cheese.

Service Opportunity - Turn in Pull Tabs Today!

For over 10 years, we have collected pull tabs off of the top of can drinks to help the Ronald McDonald house in Memphis, TN. This is a great service opportunity that is easy to complete.

What do you do?

Collect as many pull tabs as you can from now until February 21st.Collect them in a plastic Ziploc bag. Take the bag to school and give it to your school club leader. They will turn it into the 4-H Office.

What do we do with the tabs? We recycle them and receive money!

What do we do with the money? We send the money to the Ronald McDonald House in Memphis, TN.

To learn more about the Ronald McDonald House, visit their website at: http://www.rmhc-memphis.orgor.


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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