Terril D. Faul, Honeycutt, N. Jane, Mccrory, Joan M. | 4/19/2005 10:29:01 PM
BATON ROUGE – Eight adults were honored for their contributions to the Louisiana 4-H program Tuesday (June 22) during ceremonies here.
Those recognized included four alumni winners, a secretary from an LSU AgCenter office, a parish school superintendent and two faculty members.
The honors were presented at a banquet during 4-H University, which formerly has been known as 4-H Short Course during its 90-year history.
4-H alumni winners singled out were Eula Durrett and Theresa Nicks, both of Vernon Parish, and Judith McKee and Patricia Russell, both of Caldwell Parish. Ollie Tyler, superintendent of Caddo Parish schools, received the Superintendent’s Award, and Vickie Smith of Lafourche Parish, the Secretary’s Award.
LSU AgCenter faculty members honored were Dr. Jack Baldwin, professor of entomology, and Dr. Theresia Lavergne, assistant professor of animal science. Both have offices in Baton Rouge.
Durrett, who was a 4-H’er in Hornbeck as a youngster, says her own children grew into, responsible adults because of the influence of 4-H. She has photographed many parish 4-H events, served as a volunteer leader, helped with Team Challenge and other activities and chaperoned 4-H social activities.
Nicks also was a 4-H’er in Hornbeck. A substitute teacher, she has served as a chaperone, helped implement Character Counts! in Sports in school and community athletic programs and helped with community service projects and participated in 4-H fund raising.
McKee, who is employed by the Caldwell Parish School Board, has served as bus driver for 4-H’ers traveling to contests and activities. She has been involved in teaching the Character Counts! program and, in her 19 years as a volunteer leader, has, in her words, "done it all." She says she loves seeing her former 4-H’ers in successful jobs as young adults.
Russell, who works at Kelly Elementary School, says 4-H has made her life "fuller and more meaningful." She has organized a 4-H Art and Folk Festival and supervised the writing of letters to troops overseas, as well as collected and mailed care packages to troops. She also has organized 4-H officer training – among many other duties.
Tyler, who was nominated by the LSU AgCenter staff in Caddo Parish, has encouraged and supported efforts of 4-H agents and teachers to bring character education to more than 43,000 young people in the parish. She has emphasized teamwork and has worked closely with the LSU AgCenter to "leave no child behind."
Smith, nominated by the LSU AgCenter staff in Lafourche Parish, was described as "valuable beyond estimation" for her contributions to the parish 4-H program. She works closely with agents, leaders and young people to bring the best possible 4-H experience to parish youth. In addition to her duties as secretary in the parish AgCenter office, she helps prepare 4-H’ers for competition and has filled in for agents when needed.
Baldwin has been in charge of the 4-H insect identification program for the past 10 years. He has created and made available educational tools that agents can use to teach their contestants. He also helps at parish events and has helped judge demonstrations at short course.
Lavergne is in charge of 4-H poultry science programs statewide. She procures chicks and distributes them to 4-H’ers across the state, as well as provides educational materials for raising and care of broilers. In 2003, she developed and implemented the 4-H Commodity Ambassador program for chickens, turkeys and egg categories. She also developed an Avian Bowl to help Louisiana 4-H’ers compete nationally.