Louisiana 4-Hers Named National Champions At Poultry Egg Conference

Theresia Lavergne  |  4/26/2005 8:28:36 PM

News Release Distributed 11/23/04

Five Louisiana 4-H’ers were among those winning national championship honors last week in Louisville, Ky.

In all, nine 4-H’ers represented Louisiana at the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference in Louisville Nov. 17-18 – which saw the Louisiana 4-H Poultry Judging Team win national championship honors and an Allen Parish 4-H’er win the national championship for a demonstration.

The Louisiana judging team – Katie Authement, Sandi Cortez, Angelle Martin and Jenna Martin, all of Lafourche Parish – was named the 2004 national champion in the overall judging contest. The team and its individual members also won a variety of other honors during the poultry and egg conference, which is held in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition.

In addition to that championship, 4-H’er Charlie Earl of Allen Parish was named the National Champion in the egg preparation demonstration contest. Earl, who was coached by LSU AgCenter agent Drusilla LeVrier, was judged on her presentation skills and on the dish she prepared (Eggtraordinary Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake).

As for the Louisiana poultry judging team, it also placed first in the egg production judging, first in the market egg judging and second in market poultry judging portions of the competition.

Individual members of the judging team were honored, as well.

Cortez was the second-place individual finisher in the overall contest, the fifth high individual in egg production judging, the eighth high individual in market poultry judging and the eighth high individual in market egg judging.

Authement was the third highest scoring individual in the overall contest, the second high individual in egg production judging and the second high individual in market egg judging.

Angelle Martin was the seventh highest scoring individual in the overall contest and the second-place individual in market poultry judging.

Jenna Martin was the 12th high individual in the overall contest, the fourth high individual in market poultry judging and the ninth high individual in market egg judging.

The Louisiana 4-H poultry judging team was coached by LSU AgCenter agent David Boldt.

Other Louisiana winners included Dawn Jason, a 4-H’er from West Baton Rouge Parish, who placed third in the national turkey barbecue contest.

The Louisiana 4-H Avian Bowl Team placed 10th in the National Avian Bowl contest. The team members were Cortez, Chris Head and Ryan Saucier, all from Lafourche Parish.

In addition, Meghan Wiggins of St. Charles Parish represented Louisiana in the National Chicken Barbecue contest.

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Contact: Theresia Lavergne at (225) 578-2219 or tlavergne@agcenter.lsu.edu

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