Louisiana youth are winners at 4-H University

Richard Bogren  |  6/20/2008 3:45:30 AM

News Release Distributed 06/19/08

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana youth took home honors as state contest winners and alternates as the LSU AgCenter’s 4-H U concluded Thursday night (June 19) on the LSU campus.

Hundreds more were selected as blue-ribbon winners in 4-H University competitions for trips and prizes and other events that included educational activities, personal development sessions and guest speakers.

More than 1,550 youngsters participated in the 94th annual gathering of young people who participated in scores of activities that are part of the annual three-day 4-H event that’s a highlight of the LSU AgCenter’s 4-H youth development program.

Approximately 2,000 people in all – including 4-H’ers, adult leaders, volunteers, parents and friends – participated in all or part of 4-H University, which also included 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.

For those who chose not to participate in direct competition, 4-H University included Clover College – educational activities on topics ranging from team building to healthy decision-making.

Other topics included serving as a camp counselor, participating in service programs, exploring the world of sports and learning about Louisiana’s unique environment.

In addition to the contests and educational sessions, 4-H’ers elected state 4-H Executive Committee officers and 14 regional representatives. Another four were honored as 2008-2009 delegates to the National 4-H Conference.

4-H University 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 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 Claire Galley, Calcasieu Parish, president; Austin Mouton, Vermilion Parish, vice president; Cody Hood, Assumption Parish, secretary/treasurer; Arielle Sutton, Ascension Parish, historian/reporter; and Wesley Hayes, Allen 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 Megan Clark, Avoyelles Parish; Christina Rae Addison, Vernon Parish; Cordarius Winzer, Claiborne Parish; Conrad Cable, Union Parish; Jade Pilcher, Caldwell Parish; Daniel Fuller, Richland Parish; Dustie Jo Rambin, Red River Parish; Julie Lauren Barrios, Sabine Parish; Raven Scott, St. Charles Parish; Jeanne-Morgan Gernon, Terrebonne Parish; Dara Daphne Stewart, Tangipahoa Parish; Summer Alsadi, West Feliciana Parish; Brandon Guillory, Calcasieu Parish; Taylor Chargiois, Calcasieu Parish.

National 4-H Conference delegates selected for 2008-2009 were Alex LeBlanc, Vermilion Parish; Austin Mouton, Vermilion Parish; Desiré Taylor, Lafayette Parish; and Alyssa Watkins, Jefferson Davis 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: Lyndsi Maus, St. Mary Parish. First Alternate: Ashley Eaves, Beauregard Parish.

Agricultural Demonstration Team – State winners: Jeanne Deville and Niki Dutile, Lafayette Parish. First Alternates: Ryan Trusclair and Daniel Tullier, West Baton Rouge Parish.

Agricultural Product Demonstration – State winner: Jessica Falke, Allen Parish. First Alternate: Shelbi Graft, West Baton Rouge Parish.

ATV – State winner: Niosha Price, Iberville Parish. First Alternate: Aaron Martin, Rapides Parish.

Automotive (Individuals) –State winner: Nick Nash, Calcasieu Parish. First Alternate: Emily Guidry, West Baton Rouge Parish

Automotive (Teams) – State winners: Nick Nash and Zachary Isaac Lanier, Calcasieu Parish. First Alternates: Emily Guidry and Taylor Stumbo, West Baton Rouge Parish.

Bicycle – State winner: Daniel Guinn, Jefferson Davis Parish. First Alternate: Ryan Usea Lafourche Parish.

Career Preparation Interview – State winner: Erick Malveaux, Lafayette Parish. First Alternate: Angel Roche, Vermilion Parish.

Child Development – State winner: Emmy Mouton, Iberia Parish. First Alternate: Richard Labranche, Livingston Parish.

Compact Tractor – State winner: Hayden Luquette, Vermilion Parish. First Alternate: Erica Cater, Catahoula Parish.

Computer Simulation – State winners: Matthew Olinde and Connor Roy, Pointe Coupee Parish. First Alternates: Ross Graft and Dylan Jason, West Baton Rouge Parish.

Consumer Decision Making – State winners: Harley Domingue and Kristi Bourne, Jefferson Davis Parish. First Alternates: Daniel Ross and Nathan Ross, LaSalle Parish.

Consumer Foods Judging – State winners: Julie Achord and Shelbie Slaton, Livingston Parish. First Alternates: Heather Fontenot, Ann-Elizabeth Brown and Kasey Perkins, Rapides Parish.

Dairy Judging (Individuals) – State winner: Ariel Seal, Washington Parish. First Alternate: Cody Scott, Livingston Parish.

Dairy Judging (Teams) – State winners: Cody Scott, Eleanor Kamrath and Kayla McCrory, Livingston Parish. First Alternates: Lainey Soileau, Meghan Vidrine and Robert Fusilier, Evangeline Parish.

Diesel Equipment and Operations – State winner: Cody Kenly, Union Parish. First Alternate: Trey Thibodeaux, St. Martin Parish.

Dog Care – State winner: Anne Camille Veillon, Calcasieu Parish. First Alternate: Ross Zaunbrecher, Vermilion Parish.

Entomology Demonstration Team – State winners: Aimee' Schexnyder and Angelle Schexnyder Vermilion Parish. First Alternates: Kristina Moore and Kevin Goebel, Jefferson Davis Parish.

Environmental Threat Resolution – State winners: Nathan Hamblin and Daniel Sharbono, Caddo Parish. First Alternates: Amanda Wolff and Laura Wolff, East Baton Rouge Parish.

FCS Demonstration Team – State winners: Allison Delatte and Chelsey Gonzales, Pointe Coupee Parish. First Alternates: Shayna LaSalle and Emily Leonard, Vermilion Parish.

Fashion Review/Casual Outfit – State winner: Brittany Doise, Jefferson Davis Parish. First Alternate: Hannah Lanier, Calcasieu Parish.

Fashion Review/Creative Choice – State winner: Amanda Barry, Lafayette Parish. First Alternate: Cecily Morgan, Terrebonne Parish.

Fashion Review/Ready to Wear – State winner: Lindsey Davis, St. Bernard Parish. First Alternate: Trey Acosta, Lafourche Parish.

Fashion Review/Special Occasion – State winner: Katherine Willcox, Bossier Parish. First Alternate: Victoria Bimah, Lafourche Parish.

Forestry Study – State winner: Brady King, St. Tammany Parish. First Alternate: Julie Barrios, Sabine Parish.

Horticulture Demonstration/General – State winners: Laura Couvillon and Hannah Simon, Vermilion Parish. First Alternates: Madeline Broussard and Allison Fusilier, Evangeline Parish.

Horticulture Demonstration/Use – State winners: Kaylee Ducote and Brittany Babineaux, Ascension Parish. First Alternates: Cyerra Breaux and Andrew LeBlanc, Iberia Parish.

Horticulture Judging (Individuals) – State winner: Alexander "Alex" Leblanc, Vermilion Parish. First Alternate: Kristi Guerin, West Baton Rouge Parish.

Horticulture Judging (Teams) – State winners: Alexander "Alex" Leblanc, Jamieson Dill and Brooks Broussard, Vermilion Parish. First Alternates: Elizabeth Guinn, Dylan Bruchhaus and Trent Bruchhaus, Jefferson Davis Parish.

Insect Identification and Survey – State winner: Michael Farrar, Calcasieu Parish. First Alternate: Morgan Lindsey Smith, Calcasieu Parish.

Livestock Judging (Individuals) – State winner: Cooper Miller, Livingston Parish. First Alternate: Brooke Prather, St. Landry Parish.

Livestock Judging (Teams) – State winners: Brooke Prather, Courtney Stelly and Gabe Stelly, St. Landry Parish. First Alternates: Cooper Miller, Amy Sibley and Karine Cifreo, Livingston Parish.

Meat Evaluation, ID and Judging (Individuals) – State winner: Dru Broussard, Lafayette Parish. First Alternate: Lacy Bellanger, Lafourche Parish.

Meat valuation, ID and Judging (Teams) – State winners: Lance Martin, Ashley Johnson and Dru Broussard, Lafayette Parish. First Alternates: Gabe Lalande, Kobi Richard and Brett Richard, Cameron Parish.

Nutrition Illustrated Talk/EFNEP – State winners: Adaku Lucious and Amber Landry, East Baton Rouge Parish. First Alternates: Karnika Bolden and Ladayadria Campbell, East Carroll Parish.

Nutrition Illustrated Talk/FNP – State winner: Caroline Robinson, West Carroll Parish. First Alternates: Kabrina Tyler and Amanda Estrada, St. Martin Parish.

Outdoor Skills (Individuals) – State winner: Jeff DeBlieux, Terrebonne Parish. First Alternate: Benjamin Fulton, DeSoto Parish.

Outdoor Skills (Teams) – State winners: Cory Cheramie, Jeff DeBlieux and Stephen Louviere, Terrebonne Parish. First Alternates: Justin Johnson, Ethan Wilson and Trent Peart, Rapides Parish.

Photography – State winner: Laurin Guillot, Sabine Parish. First Alternate: Kristen Richardson, Vermilion Parish.

Plant Science (Individuals) – State winner: Kylie Darbonne, Evangeline Parish. First Alternate: Erin Goodman, Pointe Coupee Parish.

Plant Science (Teams) – State winners: Kylie Darbonne, Casey Dunagan and Kimberly Rose, Evangeline Parish. First Alternates: Baron Andrus, Robert "Trey" Toups and Amanda Leblanc, Vermilion Parish.

Poultry Judging (Individuals) – State winner: Daniel Sykes, Livingston Parish. First Alternate: Josh McCarthy, Lafourche Parish.

Poultry Judging (Teams) – State winners: Kris Simon, Karl Simon and Katelyn Provost, Lafayette Parish. First Alternates: Summer Barnum, Hillary Clark and Lizz Oneal, Livingston Parish.

Public Speaking/Any Subject – State winner: Jessica LeBlanc, Jefferson Parish. First Alternate: Hudson Smith, Franklin Parish.

Public Speaking/Cooperatives – State winner: Brandon Guillory, Calcasieu Parish. First Alternate: Colten Creel, Washington Parish.

Resource Management – State winner: Dylan Hopkins, Concordia Parish. First Alternate: Kobie Renard, St. Martin Parish.

Small Engine Demonstration – State winner: Brock Hebert, St. Landry Parish. First Alternate: Jacob Albert, St. Martin Parish.

Solutions Unlimited – State winners: Mason Robin, Jules Guidry and Linda Nguyen, St. Martin Parish. First Alternates: Taylor Chargois, Jeanne Thibodeaux and Claire Galley, Calcasieu Parish.

Soybean Illustrated Talk – State winner: Daphne Collins, Richland Parish. First Alternate: Anna Espey, Calcasieu Parish.

Sports Broadcasting – State winners: Garrett Thibodeaux and Thomas Shaver, Beauregard Parish. First Alternates: Matthew Taylor and Stuart Hulin, Iberia Parish.

Wildlife Habitat Judging – State winner: Eric James Smith, Calcasieu Parish. First Alternate: Lindsey Tassin, East Baton Rouge Parish.

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Writer: Rick Bogren at (225) 578-5839 or rbogren@agcenter.lsu.edu

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