Terril D. Faul, Claesgens, Mark A. | 10/12/2006 1:12:07 AM
News Release Distributed 11/26/2003
NEW ORLEANS – Louisiana 4-H "Good Providers," state contest winners and adult leaders received awards at an annual recognition luncheon in the Louisiana Superdome Tuesday (Nov. 25).
The event recognized 26 people for their work in 4-H – the youth education and outreach program of the nation’s land-grant universities, which is operated in Louisiana by the LSU AgCenter.
"The 4-H Good Provider and Community Service awards program honors 4-H Club members and adult leaders who have been involved in family and community service through their 4-H project work," said LSU AgCenter state 4-H leader Terril Faul.
The Good Provider program dates back more than 60 years when those who helped with community projects related to WWII efforts were recognized, but it now has evolved to recognize the vast number of volunteer activities of today’s generation.
"In my eight years with the program, I’ve never been more impressed than with this year’s participants," said Cathy Herren, president of the Greater New Orleans Agribusiness Council, a major sponsor whose team of judges selects the winners.
"The 2003 winners have been involved in so many community efforts," Herren continued. "They’re obviously today’s leaders, but there’s no doubt they’ll be tomorrow’s leaders, too."
Harvey Reed, who heads the Agribusiness Council’s judging team, said the the Good Provider and Community Service program was developed to instill in youth the importance of service.
"That service can be to themselves and their peers, to their family or to their community – or any combination," Reed said, adding, "The critical thing is that they learn the value of becoming involved and the importance of serving others."
Potential projects include the vast array of family and community services available for the less fortunate –whether helping the elderly, donating clothing or participating in food drives.
Reed said he also was pleased at how 4-H has intensified its presence in urban areas over the past few years. "There are more 4-H agents committed to reaching the urban audience," he said.
Some 14 4-H’ers in five regional groups around the state earned Good Provider and Community Service certificates. In addition, one adult leader from each regional group also received a plaque.
Group I winners and their parishes were Kelly Gunnell, Washington Parish, first place; Ross Graft, St. Charles, second place; and Megan LaRive, St. Charles, third place. The adult leader recognized with this group was Liz Varnado of Livingston.
Group II winners were William Dunckelman, Terrebonne, first place; Andre’ St. Romain, Pointe Coupee, second place; and Maddie Olinde, Pointe Coupee, third place. Denise Turner, Lafayette, was the adult leader recognized in this group.
Group III winners were Chelsea Crum, Concordia, first place, and Lauren Ashley Ogles, Ouachita, second place. This group’s adult leader was Gayla Crum from Concordia.
Group IV winners were Jaida Griffin, Vermilion, first place; Kayla Backlund, Cameron, second place; and Emily Landry, Acadia, third place. Adult leader Julie L. Hebert of Acadia was recognized in this group.
Group V winners – all from Caddo Parish – were Hillary Garner, first place; Jessica Lowe, second place; and Elizabeth Huber, third place. Terrie Hamblin was the adult leader in this group.
In addition to the Good Provider winners, seven 4-H’ers also were recognized Tuesday for winning various state 4-H contests.
Those winners, along with their parishes and contests, were: Fairrun James, Assumption, animal science; Evan Evans, Lafayette, automotive; Abby Rivet, Lafourche, automotive; Lindsay LeBowe, Jeff Davis, communications; Derrick Goebel, Jeff Davis, community study and service; Addie Langlois, Pointe Coupee, family life; and Michele Hullum, Ascension, rabbits.
The awards luncheon at the Stadium Club in the Louisiana Superdome climaxed a three-day trip to New Orleans for the 4-H’ers and leaders. Program sponsors treated the youth to the Audubon Zoo, Imax Theater, Aquarium of the Americas, the wax museum, riverboat and trolley rides and dinners at the Hard Rock Café and Bubba Gumps, among other activities.
The Good Provider and Community Service winners were chosen by a panel of six judges that traveled across the state reviewing applications and project records and visiting with and interviewing contestants. The six judges – all members of the Agribusiness Council of Greater New Orleans – were Larry Brock, Charles Campbell, John Constant, Kathryn Mouton, Herren and Reed.
Sponsors included the LSU AgCenter, the Agribusiness Council, the American Sugar Cane League, the New Orleans Police Department, the Zemurray Foundation, the New Orleans City Council, Pan American Life Insurance Co., Salomon Smith Barney and Entergy.
For additional information about the state 4-H program, contact your parish LSU AgCenter office or click on the 4-H logo at the LSU AgCenter Web site, www.lsuagcenter.com.