Youth From Across Louisiana Win At 2007 4-H University

Thomas A. Merrill  |  6/22/2007 5:08:37 AM

News Release Distributed 06/21/07 (Revised 6/26/07)

BATON ROUGE – Young people from across Louisiana were announced as state winners and alternates in various contests Thursday night (June 21) 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 93rd 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 2,500 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 19-22. 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 career preparation to consumer decision-making.

In addition to the competition, 4-H University included educational activities on topics ranging from using credit wisely to Internet piracy and from shaping up physically to bioengineering. 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 learning about different cultures, serving as a camp counselor, mentoring youth and discovering acting and theatrical skills.

On top of those contests and educational sessions, young men and women from Caddo, Calcasieu, St. Charles and Union parishes were elected as state 4-H Executive Committee officers, and 14 youth from various areas of the state were named regional representatives. Another four were honored as 2007-2008 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. 4-H is the nationwide youth development program of the U.S. Land-grant University System and is designed to teach young people valuable life skills by involving them in educational projects and service activities. Throughout its history the program has sought 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 43 different contests were awarded educational trips or opportunities to compete in regional or national events.

The Louisiana 4-H officers elected Thursday were Jonas Augustine, St. Charles Parish, president; Nick Nash, Calcasieu, vice president; Re’Azalia Allen, Caddo, secretary/treasurer; Taylor Chargois, Calcasieu, historian/reporter; and Conrad Cable, parliamentarian.

Other members of the Louisiana 4-H Executive Committee, who also were elected Thursday to represent the eight regions of the state, were Rae Addison, Vernon Parish; Julie Barrios, Sabine; Robyn Briscoe, Vernon; Paige Chauvin, St. James; Javonta Douglas, Lincoln; Kevin Goebel, Jefferson Davis; Chrystal Lachney, West Feliciana; Austin Mouton, Vermilion; Weldon Nipper, Claiborne; Dustie Rambin, Red River; Katherine Robillard, Pointe Coupee; Raven Scott, St. Charles; Bianca Teats, Franklin; and Jordan Wood, Ouachita.

National 4-H Conference delegates selected for 2007-2008 were Beau Foxworth, Evangeline Parish; Claire Galley, Calcasieu Parish; Kelsey McGill, St. Charles Parish; and Hudson Smith, Franklin Parish.

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

4-H Has Talent – State Winner: Jonas Augustine, St. Charles Parish. First Alternates: Renee Picou and Madison Fontenot, Livingston Parish.

Ag Product Demonstration – State Winner: Leah Broussard, Vermilion Parish. First Alternate: Brittney Wells, Natchitoches Parish.

Agricultural Demonstration Team – State Winners: Chase Harvey and Ethan Jeane, Vernon Parish. First Alternates: Taylor Frey and Katherine Robillard, Pointe Coupee Parish.

ATV – State Winner: Dillon Baronne, Lafourche Parish. First Alternate: Aaron Martin, Rapides Parish.

Automotive Care, Safety and Driving (Individuals) – State Winner: Hannah Dickinson, Pointe Coupee Parish. First Alternate: Kourtney Rodrigue, Lafourche Parish.

Automotive Care, Safety and Driving (Teams) – State Winners: Hannah Dickinson and Colin Goodman, Pointe Coupee Parish. First Alternates: Kristen Naquin and Kourtney Rodrigue, Lafourche Parish.

Bicycle – State Winner: Christopher Guillot, Lafourche Parish. First Alternate: Ryan Usea, Lafourche Parish.

Career Preparation Interview – State Winner: Claire Galley, Calcasieu Parish. First Alternate: Lauren Ogles, Ouachita Parish.

Child Development – State Winner: William Fox, Ascension Parish. First Alternate: Kourtney Gentry, Catahoula Parish.

Compact Tractor – State Winner: Brock Hebert, St. Landry Parish. First Alternate: Erica Cater, Catahoula Parish.

Computer Simulation – State Winners: Tyler Dupuis and Evan Kuske, Lafayette Parish. First Alternates: Jake Hardy and Pierce Laporte, St. Landry Parish.

Consumer Decision-Making – State Winners: Austina Coolman and Orwinnetta Williams, Acadia Parish. First Alternates: Kayala Baker, Kelli Saloom and Elizabeth Mouton, all of Lafayette Parish, and Lacey Blanchard and Brittany Persick, Iberville Parish.

Consumer Foods Judging – State Winners: Shanna Thibodeaux and Jeanne Thibodeaux, Calcasieu Parish. First Alternates: Heather Fontenot, Ann-Elizabeth Brown and Kasey Perkins, Rapides Parish.

Dairy Judging (Individuals) – State Winner: Olivia Dempster, Lafourche Parish. First Alternate: Samanatha Lirette, Lafourche Parish.

Dairy Judging (Teams) – State Winners: Samanatha Lirette, Kristen Oncale and Olivia Dempster, Lafourche Parish. First Alternates: Hannah Marler, Tanner Thibodeaux and Lyndsey Sepulvado, Lafourche Parish.

Diesel Equipment and Operations – State Winner: Ory Roussel, St. James Parish. First Alternate: Travis Canal, Avoyelles Parish.

Dog Care – State Winner: Kathryn Barry, Lafayette Parish. First Alternate: Ross Zaunbrecher, Vermilion Parish.

Entomology Demonstration Team – State Winners: Elizabeth Ardoin and Allison Fusilier, Evangeline Parish. First Alternates: Lauren Heinen and Amber Comeaux, Jefferson Davis Parish.

Environmental Threat Resolution – State Winners: Erron Holland Jr. and Keith Espadron, Plaquemines Parish. First Alternates: Barrett Bercier and Sara Taylor, Cameron Parish.

Family and Consumer Sciences Demonstration – State Winners: Mallory Daire and Jennifer Fontenot, Evangeline Parish. First Alternates: Cameron Champagne and Keagan Bourque, Iberia Parish.

Fashion Review/Casual Outfit – State Winner: Cecily Morgan, Terrebonne Parish. First Alternate: Megan McDonald, Ascension Parish.

Fashion Review/Creative Choice – State Winner: Brittany Doise, Jefferson Davis Parish. First Alternate: Kellyn Fleniken, Vermilion Parish.

Fashion Review/Ready to Wear– State Winner: Telecia Broussard, St. Martin Parish. First Alternate: Lindsey Davis, St. Bernard Parish.

Fashion Review/Sew with Cotton – State Winner: Cecily Morgan, Terrebonne Parish. (No First Alternate)

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

Forestry Study – State Winner: Alexander "Alex" Leblanc, Vermilion Parish. First Alternate: Cody Turner, Lafayette Parish.

Horticulture Demonstration/General – State Winner: Conrad Cable, Union Parish. First Alternate: Madalyn Culpepper, Webster Parish.

Horticulture Demonstration/Use – State Winners: Sara Landry and Kayley Labowe, Jefferson Davis Parish. First Alternate: William Dunckelman, Terrebonne Parish.

Horticulture Judging (Individuals) – State Winner: Frances Bellard, Jefferson Davis Parish. First Alternate: Jessica Blood, St. Mary Parish.

Horticulture Judging (Teams) – State Winners: Cindy Edwards, Brandon Fontenot and Tannel Troxler, Terrebonne Parish. First Alternates: Ashley Rogers, Jordan Head and Arielle Terrebonne, Lafourche Parish.

Insect Identification and Survey – State Winner: Saul Hebert, Lafourche Parish. First Alternate: Mary Kate Colligan, Acadia Parish.

Livestock Judging (Individuals) – State Winner: Lance Bearb, St. Landry Parish. First Alternate: Jeanne Deville, Lafayette Parish.

Livestock Judging (Teams) – State Winners: Jeanne Deville, Cole Guidry and Dru Broussard, Lafayette Parish. First Alternates: Kathie Authement, Sara Thibodaux and Megan Bouvier, Lafourche Parish.

Meat Identification, Evaluation and Judging (Individuals) – State Winner: Kacey Rodrigue, Lafourche Parish. First Alternate: Zachary Guidry, Lafayette Parish.

Meat Identification, Evaluation and Judging (Teams) – State Winners: Kacey Rodrigue, Brandi Foret and John Matherne, Lafourche Parish. First Alternates: Bailey Samanie, Kyla Rodrigue and Brandi Folse, Lafourche Parish.

Nutrition Illustrated Talk/EFNEP – State Winners: Layken Ducote and Shelby George, Avoyelles Parish. First Alternates: Asha Williams and Andrew Williams, East Baton Rouge Parish.

Nutrition Illustrated Talk/FNP – State Winners: Candace Dupuy and Ciara Collins, Pointe Coupee Parish. First Alternates: Raven Lee and Victoria Hill, Union Parish.

Outdoor Skills Triathlon (Individuals) – State Winner: Eric Smith, Calcasieu Parish. First Alternate: Matthew Waguespack, Lafourche Parish.

Outdoor Skills Triathlon (Teams) – State Winners: Eric James Smith, Garrett Kelly and John Mitchell Lejeune, Calcasieu Parish. First Alternates: Nicholas Ducote, Wesley Maddox and Alyssa Bordelon, Avoyelles Parish.

Photography – State Winner: Kelsey Morris, Lafourche Parish. First Alternate: Laurin Guillot, Sabine Parish.

Plant Science (Individuals) – State Winner: Kristi Guerin, West Baton Rouge Parish. First Alternate: Katie Leblanc, West Baton Rouge Parish.

Plant Science (Teams) – State Winners: Katelyn Robillard, Katie Leblanc and Kristi Guerin, West Baton Rouge Parish. First Alternates: Patrice Wiltz, Breanne Hernandez and Amanda Wawak, Lafayette Parish.

Poultry Judging (Individuals) – State Winner: Ashley Rome, Lafourche Parish. First Alternate: Kristen Matherne, Lafourche Parish.

Poultry Judging (Teams) – State Winners: Kristen Matherne, Caitlyn Rogers and Ashley Rome, Lafourche Parish. First Alternates: Josh McCarthy, Chase Granier and Cody Quebedeaux, Lafourche Parish.

Public Speaking/Any Subject – State Winner: Sarah Landry, Acadia Parish. First Alternate: Donna Guidry, St. Martin Parish.

Public Speaking/Cooperatives – State Winner: Jessica Lowe, Caddo Parish. First Alternate: Brandon Guillory, Calcasieu Parish.

Resource Management – State Winner: Kaitlin Greene, Vermilion Parish. First Alternate: Kasie Dugas, Lafayette Parish.

Small Engine Demonstration – State Winner: Megan Conques, St. Martin Parish. First Alternates: Rydon Naquin, Lafourche Parish, and Austin Mouton, Vermilion Parish.

Solutions Unlimited – State Winners: Josepha Thevis and Barrett Allen, Acadia Parish. First Alternates: Jules Guidry, Mason Robin and Linda Nguyen, St. Martin Parish.

Soybean Illustrated Talk – State Winner: Wesley Hayes, Allen Parish. First Alternate: Hilary Soileau, Vermilion Parish.

Sports Broadcasting – State Winners: Christina "Rae" Addison and Allison Bell, Vernon Parish. First Alternates: Jace Bienvenu and Stuart Hulin, Iberia Parish.

Wildlife Habitat Judging – State Winner: Laura Wolff, East Baton Rouge Parish. First Alternate: Brady King, St. Tammany Parish.

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Writer: Tom Merrill at (225) 578-2263 or tmerrill@agcenter.lsu.edu

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