Hundreds Of Louisiana Youth Win At 2006 4-H University

Terril D. Faul, Merrill, Thomas A.  |  6/23/2006 11:18:16 PM

Calcasieu Parish 4-H’ers cheer for one of their own at the final assembly of 4-H University when contest results and winners were announced.

This Jefferson Davis Parish 4-H’er and others from the parish celebrate victory as contest winners were announced during the final night of 4-H University.

Vermilion Parish 4-H’ers and leaders anticipate a win as contest results were announced during the final assembly of 4-H University in Baton Rouge.

News Release Distributed 06/22/06

BATON ROUGE – Young people from across Louisiana were announced as state winners and alternates in various contests Thursday night (June 22) at the final session of the LSU AgCenter’s 4-H University in Baton Rouge.

In addition, hundreds more were selected as blue-ribbon winners, and more than 1,500 youngsters participated in the three-day series of activities that are part of the annual 4-H event.

Formerly known as 4-H Short Course, this was the 92nd annual gathering of young people from across the state and is considered one of the highlights of the LSU AgCenter’s 4-H youth development program.

Approximately 3,500 people in all – including 4-H’ers, adult leaders, volunteers, parents and friends – participated in all or part of the 4-H University events on the LSU campus June 20-23. The events included competition for trips and prizes, educational activities, personal development sessions and guest speakers, as well as the election of state 4-H officers and district representatives.

The competition came in areas ranging from agricultural demonstrations to wildlife habitat judging and from computer science to consumer decision-making.

But 4-H University also includes educational activities on topics ranging from good character to community service and from team-building to bioengineering for competitors and others simply interested in the educational experience. For example, this year’s Clover College – designed for those who did not compete but wanted to participate in intensive workshops – covered such topics as developing leadership skills, pursuing victory with honor and sharpening communications skills.

On top of the contests and educational sessions, young men and women from Evangeline, Lafayette, Sabine, St. Charles and St. Landry parishes were elected as state 4-H Executive Committee officers, and 16 youth from various areas were named regional representatives. Another four were honored as delegates to the National 4-H Conference.

The 4-H University gathering is one of the aspects of the LSU AgCenter’s 4-H Club program, which attempts to teach young people valuable life skills by involving them in educational projects and service activities. 4-H is the nationwide youth development program of the U.S. Land-grant University System and throughout its history has tried to help young people and their families improve their quality of life.

"Louisiana 4-H is a one-of-a-kind program made up of outstanding young people from across our state," said LSU AgCenter Vice Chancellor Paul Coreil. "We’re glad to provide them this annual opportunity to visit the state’s flagship university, to meet new people and to test their knowledge and skills – all while having fun."

Most of the first-place or state winners in about 44 different contests – which covered areas ranging from automotive safety to child development and from environmental threats to public speaking – were awarded educational trips or opportunities to compete in regional or national events.

The Louisiana 4-H officers elected Thursday were Scotty Carroll, Sabine Parish, president; Jonas Augustine, St. Charles Parish, vice president; Eve Franchebois, Lafayette Parish, secretary; Anna Normand, St. Landry Parish, historian/reporter; and Beau Foxworth, Evangeline Parish, parliamentarian.

Other members of the Louisiana 4-H Executive Committee, who also were elected Thursday to represent the eight regions of the state, were Adrienne Alford, East Baton Rouge Parish; Lance Brewer, LaSalle Parish; Conrad Cable, Union Parish; Tyler Cater, Catahoula Parish; Katherine Coco, Tensas Parish; Charles Crain, Lincoln Parish; Keith Espedron, Plaquemines Parish; Daniel Fuller, Richland Parish; Kevin Goebel, Jefferson Davis Parish; Brandon Jones, St. Bernard Parish; Chrystal Lachney, West Feliciana Parish; Jonathan Leach, Sabine Parish; Katie LeBlanc, West Baton Rouge Parish; Jessica Lowe, Caddo Parish; Maggie Martin, Beauregard Parish; and Alison Zeringue, St. James Parish.

National 4-H Conference delegates selected for 2006-07 were Jonas Augustine, St. Charles Parish; William Dunckelman, Terrebonne Parish; Lauren Ogles, Ouachita Parish; and Lindsey Tassin, East Baton Rouge Parish.

In the 4-H University contests, the top two finishers – listed as state winners and first alternates – from across Louisiana were:

Ag Product Demonstration – State Winner: William Dunckelman, Terrebonne Parish. First Alternate: Jessica Falke, Allen Parish.

Agricultural Demonstration Team – State Winners: Kelly Durand and Kelsey Moreau, Avoyelles Parish. First Alternates: Cassidy Byles and Julie Barrios, Sabine Parish.

ATV – State Winner: Ethan Anderson, Claiborne Parish. First Alternate: Zachary Kilgore, Claiborne Parish.

Automotive Care, Safety and Driving (Individuals) – State Winner: Ryan Saucier, Lafourche Parish. First Alternate: Sara Nielsen, St. Martin Parish.

Automotive Care, Safety and Driving (Teams) – State Winners: Ryan Saucier and John Matherne, Lafourche Parish. First Alternates: Sara Nielsen and Dusty Leblanc, St. Martin Parish.

Bicycle – State Winner: Brett Mertens, Avoyelles Parish. First Alternate: Ryan Usea, Lafourche Parish.

Career Preparation Interview – State Winner: Donna Guidry, St. Martin Parish. First Alternate: Seth Richard, Vermilion Parish.

Child Development – State Winner: Kara Neal, Pointe Coupee Parish. First Alternate: Lynzi Vaughn, Iberville Parish.

Compact Tractor – State Winner: Cody Turner, Lafayette Parish. First Alternate: Daniel Greene, Vermilion Parish.

Computer Science – State Winner: Alex Gaudet, Lafourche Parish. First Alternate: Rosalinda Clay, Rapides Parish.

Computer Simulation – State Winners: Ethan Allen, Curt Crutchfield and B.J. Pugh, Concordia Parish. First Alternate: Alexandra Davidson, Kimberly Rose and Beau Foxworth, Evangeline Parish.

Conservation Illustrated Talk – State Winner: Taylor Couvillon, Vermilion Parish. First Alternate: Emily Tassin, Rapides Parish.

Consumer Decision Making – State Winners: Renada Living, Chantelle George and Raven Prince, Lafayette Parish. First Alternates: Lauren Kinney, Jacob Sittig and J. Trent Landry, Calcasieu Parish.

Consumer Foods Judging – State Winners: Cassie Gillespie, Megan Albert and Jasmine Derousselle, St. Martin Parish. First Alternates: Clarissa Latour, Tonya Broussard and Eve Marie Franchebois, Lafayette Parish.

Dairy Judging (Individuals) – State Winner: Jordan Head, Lafourche Parish. First Alternate: April Gaudet, Lafourche Parish.

Dairy Judging (Teams) – State Winners: April Gaudet, Jordan Head and Brandon Folse, Lafourche Parish. First Alternates: Jade Treme, Kallie Dronet and Meghan Guillory, Jefferson Davis Parish.

Diesel Equipment and Operations – State Winner: Dillon Baronne, Lafourche Parish. First Alternate: Trace Harris, Livingston Parish.

Dog Care – State Winner: Lucille Woodley, Caddo Parish. First Alternate: Grace Barnett, Natchitoches Parish.

Electric Energy Management – State Winner: Hilary Soileau, Vermilion Parish. First Alternate: Erin Mayeaux, Evangeline Parish.

Entomology Demonstration Team – State Winners: Anna Normand and Jamie Lagrange, St. Landry Parish. First Alternates: Jennifer Fontenot and Mallory Daire, Evangeline Parish.

Environmental Threat Resolution – State Winners: Kasie Dugas and Heather Lafleur, Lafayette Parish. First Alternates: Tyler Cater and Joel Huff, Catahoula Parish.

Family and Consumer Sciences Demonstration – State Winners: Sarah Fontenot and Tobi Parrott, Evangeline Parish. First Alternates: Cameron Champagne and Keagan Bourque, Iberia Parish.

Fashion Review/Casual Outfit – State Winner: Katherine Willcox, Bossier Parish. First Alternate: Kristi Gros, Assumption Parish.

Fashion Review/Creative Choice – State Winner: Madeline Olinde, Pointe Coupee Parish. First Alternate: Lashantell Williams, Terrebonne Parish.

Fashion Review/Ready to Wear– State Winner: Felicia Wise, DeSoto Parish. First Alternate: Kim Costanza, St. Landry Parish.

Fashion Review/Sew with Cotton – State Winner: Kristi Gros, Assumption Parish. (No First Alternate)

Fashion Review/Special Occasion – State Winner: Lauren Tanner, West Feliciana Parish. First Alternate: Ashlyn Deshotels, Evangeline Parish.

Forestry Study – State Winner: Joshua Vander Molen, Lafayette Parish. First Alternate: Clint Manuel, Evangeline Parish.

Horticulture Demonstration/General – State Winners: Andrew Gott, Iberia Parish. First Alternates: Madalyn Culpepper, Webster Parish.

Horticulture Demonstration/Use – State Winners: Carrie Falke and Brianaa Horton, Allen Parish. First Alternate: Samantha Allardyce, Vernon Parish.

Horticulture Judging (Individuals) – State Winner: Brandi Melancon, Lafourche Parish. First Alternate: Brady King, St. Tammany Parish.

Horticulture Judging (Teams) – State Winners: Alexandra Zito, Brady King and Drew Mizell, St. Tammany Parish. First Alternates: Tannel Troxler, Cindy Edwards and Brandon Fontenot, Terrebonne Parish.

Insect Identification and Survey – State Winner: Alexander Leblanc, Vermilion Parish. First Alternate: Lauren Diane Smith, Calcasieu Parish.

Livestock Judging (Individuals) – State Winner: Travis Clark, Lafayette Parish. First Alternate: Bethany Edler, Iberia Parish.

Livestock Judging (Teams) – State Winners: Lexi Dickerson, Travis Clark and Ashley Johnson, Lafayette Parish. First Alternates: Lyndi Lanie, Bethany Edler and Jacob Houston, Iberia Parish.

Meat Identification, Evaluation and Judging (Individuals) – State Winner: Josh McCarthy, Lafourche Parish. First Alternate: Katie Authement, Lafourche Parish.

Meat Identification, Evaluation and Judging (Teams) – State Winners: Katie Authement, Josh McCarthy and Chase Granier, Lafourche Parish. First Alternates: Joseph Guidroz, Sean Cormier and Angel Latiolais, Lafayette Parish.

Nutrition Illustrated Talk/EFNEP – State Winners: Holly Middleton and Kelsea Reddick, Richland Parish. First Alternates: Shelby Butera and Aldo Urias, Jefferson Parish.

Nutrition Illustrated Talk/FNP – State Winners: Springland Plowden and Naomi Mire, Vermilion Parish. First Alternates: Sheniqua Wilson and James Griffin, Madison Parish.

Outdoor Skills Triathlon (Individuals) – State Winner: Ben Booth, Union Parish. First Alternate: Eric Smith, Calcasieu Parish.

Outdoor Skills Triathlon (Teams) – State Winners: Benjamin Walton, Nathan Kyle Hicks and Ben Booth, Union Parish. First Alternates: Daniel Francioni, Justin Canal and Phillip Alford, East Baton Rouge Parish.

Photography – State Winner: Christian Guillory, Jefferson Davis Parish. First Alternate: Kelsey Morris, Lafourche Parish.

Plant Science (Individuals) – State Winner: Kellyn Fleniken, Vermillion Parish. First Alternate: Laura Wolff, East Baton Rouge Parish.

Plant Science (Teams) – State Winners: Kellyn Fleniken, Aaron Lee and Alida Richard, Vermilion Parish. First Alternates: Brian Borel, Colton Mayeux and Dustin Fairchild, Pointe Coupee Parish.

Poultry Judging (Individuals) – State Winner: Kristen Naquin, Lafourche Parish. First Alternate: Kourtney Rodrigue, Lafourche Parish.

Poultry Judging (Teams) – State Winners: Kourtney Rodrigue, Kristen Naquin and Meagan Hebert, Lafourche Parish. First Alternates: Randy Ball, Robert Fontenot and Lacey Bellon, Evangeline Parish.

Public Speaking/Cooperatives – State Winner: Katie Thomas, Vernon Parish. First Alternate: Brittany Granger, Vermilion Parish.

Public Speaking/Any Other Subject – State Winner: Justin Leger, Acadia Parish. First Alternate: Cade Cancienne, Assumption Parish.

Small Engine Demonstration – State Winner: Nicholas Klumpp, Evangeline Parish. First Alternate: Rydon Naquin, Lafourche Parish.

Solutions Unlimited – State Winners: Kaitlin Greene, Kolzie Dupuis and Doug Hebert, Vermilion Parish. First Alternates: Josh Dear and Aaron Spence, Catahoula Parish.

Soybean Illustrated Talk – State Winner: Lauren Heinen, Jefferson Davis Parish. First Alternate: Wesley Hayes, Allen Parish.

Sports Broadcasting – State Winners: Melissa Lacour and Ashley Addison, Vermilion Parish. First Alternates: Jace Bienvenu and Stuart Hulin, Iberia Parish.

Wildlife Habitat Judging – State Winner: Aaron Martin, Rapides Parish. First Alternate: Taylor Simon, Vermilion Parish.


Writer: Tom Merrill at (225) 578-2263 or

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