Mark Tassin, Faul, Terril D., Merrill, Thomas A. | 3/4/2008 7:52:48 PM
BATON ROUGE – Six 4-H and FFA members and a volunteer leader were honored Saturday (Feb. 16) for their outstanding work with youth livestock projects.
The awards were presented during ceremonies that concluded the 73rd Annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales. That annual event ran Feb. 9-16.
Sponsored by the Louisiana 4-H Foundation and Louisiana FFA, the annual awards recognize young people and adults for outstanding contributions to or work in youth livestock programs. The awards are based on evaluation of each person's record book or a detailed application concerning his or her involvement with youth livestock projects.
The 4-H program is the youth development arm of the nationwide land-grant university system. It is operated in Louisiana by the LSU AgCenter and includes projects for youth on topics ranging from raising livestock to computer science, family life, environmental science and much more.
“Volunteer leaders help us bring life-changing information and experiences to even more young people, so we’re pleased to be able to honor a few of them with the awards we present each year,” said Dr. Paul Coreil, vice chancellor of the LSU AgCenter. “We’re also happy to be able to recognize outstanding young people who are excelling in their 4-H and FFA projects.”
Among the honors presented Saturday was the Attorney General’s Award, which recognizes volunteer 4-H leaders who have assisted youngsters with livestock projects. This year’s award went to Phil Lassalle of Iberia Parish.
Other awards included Superintendent of Education Awards, which go to 4-H’ers 13 years old and younger or FFA students in the ninth grade or below who have excelled in the livestock program. This year’s Superintendent’s Awards went to Phillip Durio of Jefferson Davis Parish, Jordan Guidry of St. Martin Parish and James Prather of St. Landry Parish.
Governor’s Awards went to Nicholas Broussard of Vermilion Parish, Clint Galliano of Tangipahoa Parish and Aaron Martin of Rapides Parish. Those awards recognize older 4-H and FFA members who have excelled in their livestock projects.
Lassalle, who lives in the Coteau area of Iberia Parish, is both a former 4-H member and the parent of a 4-H’er. With 20 years experience with the youth development program, he has spent the past 12 as a volunteer 4-H livestock leader. “Although I have been involved with 4-H for more than 20 years, the past seven have been the most rewarding,” Lassalle said, explaining, “Working closely with my son, nieces, nephews and their fellow 4-H members, I see first hand my efforts and the results they have generated.”
Durio, 16, is a ninth grader and FFA member at Elton High School. The son of Richard and Janice Durio, he began his livestock experience six years ago and plans to continue throughout his high school career. Durio owns Beefmaster heifers, market lambs, breeding ewes, breeding goats and exhibition poultry. He has exhibited his livestock at parish, district and state levels in Louisiana, as well as shows in Alabama, Mississippi and Texas. In 2007, he exhibited a class winning Beefmaster heifer at the LSU AgCenter Livestock Show and was named the Grand Champion Intermediate Beefmaster Showman.
Guidry, 13, is the son of Kevin and Hope Guidry of Breaux Bridge in St. Martin Parish and an eighth-grader at St. Genevieve Middle School in Lafayette. His 4-H livestock projects include swine and veterinary science, and over the past three years, he has raised and exhibited 17 market hogs at various parish, district and state livestock shows, as well as the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky. In addition to his livestock activities, Guidry also is the parliamentarian of the St. Martin Parish 4-H Teen Leader Club and an officer in his 4-H Club.
Prather, 13, is an eighth-grader at St. Ignatius School in Grand Couteau and the son of Burton and Cindy Prather. He’s been a 4-H member for five years and over the past three years, Prather has raised five beef show animals and has owned or worked with at least five to nine breeding animals each of those years. Like the other winners, he has participated in a variety of livestock shows at parish, district and state levels, as well as the All American National Show. He also is an officer in his 4-H Club, participates in the St. Landry Teen Leader Club and is active in the 4-H dog care project.
Broussard, 16, has been a 4-H Club member for seven years and his the fourth generation of his family to be involved with the beef industry. A sophomore at Abbeville High School and the son of Timothy and Gwen Broussard, his involvement in 4-H livestock projects includes beef cattle and horses. During the past three years, Broussard raised six beef show animals and owned/worked with at least nine to 13 beef breeding animals each of those years, as well as exhibiting animals in a variety of shows in and out of the state. Broussard was the 2007 state record book award winner in the 4-H Beef Project, and he is an officer in his 4-H Club and a member of the Vermilion Parish Parish 4-H Teen Leader Club.
Galliano, 17, is a junior and an FFA member at Loranger High School and the son of Dwight and Andrea Galliano of Amite. Galliano has been participating in a registered beef cattle operation and has been raising show cattle. His registered Brahman herd increased from 33 during his freshman year to 46 during his sophomore year, and he now has 56 head of Brahmans during his junior year in high school. He also has 20 acres of rye grass to complement his operation. Galliano has exhibited his Brahman cattle at the parish, district, state, and national levels, and he has brought home grand champion, reserve champion and other awards during his career. Galliano, who is serving as vice president of the American Junior Brahman Association, said 4-H and FFA have helped him become a better leader.
Martin, 17, has been a 4-H member for nine years and is the son of Matt and Sarah Martin of Rapides Parish. A senior at Glenmora High School, Martin’s involvement in 4-H livestock projects includes lambs, horses, goats, pigs, broilers and commercial heifers. He has participated in a variety of livestock shows, including the North American International Livestock Exposition, and his awards include being the 2007 state 4-H record book award winner in the Goats/Sheep Project and the 2007 winner of a Gerry Lane Premier Exhibitor Award for sheep at the LSU AgCenter Livestock Show. Martin also is an officer in his local 4-H Club and a member of the Rapides Parish 4-H Teen Leader Club. He has served as a 4-H Camp counselor and has also participated in a variety of other 4-H projects – winning statewide competitions in forestry and wildlife habitat evaluation.