Youths, adult leaders recognized at LSU AgCenter livestock show

Mark Tassin, Bogren, Richard C., Faul, Terril D.  |  2/21/2009 4:08:47 AM

News Release Distributed 02/22/09

GONZALES, La. – Seven Louisiana 4-H and FFA members and two adult volunteers were recognized honored Saturday (Feb. 21) for their outstanding work with youth livestock projects.


The awards were presented during ceremonies that concluded the 74th Annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show Presented by Price LeBlanc at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center here.

The youth awards included the C. W. “Dub” Kennedy Award in Animal Science presented to Erika Anderson, a freshman at Louisiana Tech in Ruston; the Superintendent of Education Awards presented to Wade Morrison of Vernon Parish, Hunter Tauzin of St. Martin Parish and Emily Jenkins of Covington; and the Governor’s Awards presented to Kyle Jordan of DeSoto, Jordan Guidry of St. Martin Parish and Brooke Prather of St. Landry Parish.

The Attorney General’s Awards for adult volunteers went to Cindy Prather of St. Landry Parish and Danny Hebert of Iberia Parish.

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 describing 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.”

C. W. “Dub” Kennedy Award

Erika Anderson, a freshman at Louisiana Tech in Ruston, received the Kennedy award, which is named for a former livestock show manager, the award is based on 4-H records in the livestock project areas.

Anderson, who began her nine-year 4-H career at Benton Elementary School in Benton, has exhibited livestock and horses along with participating in other 4-H projects. She has attended 4-H Club Congress and exhibited at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky., and the Southern Region Horse Show.

In Bossier Parish, she was an active junior leader and won several blue ribbons in contests at 4-H University, a summer program held annually in Baton Rouge. She also was involved in canine rescue training with the Bossier Fire Department.

Superintendent of Education Award

Presented to students 13 years old or younger, the Superintendent of Education Awards are given for excelling in the livestock program.

Morrison, the son of Ray and Darlene Morrison of Vernon Parish, is a fourth-year 4-H member and an eighth-grader at Anacoco High School where he is his 4-H Club’s president.

Morrison participates in 4-H beef, goat, poultry and horse projects. Over the past four years he has raised and exhibited cattle, goats and a variety of exhibition birds. He also is actively involved in the horse program. In addition, he is a member of the Vernon Parish 4-H Teen Leader Club.

Tauzin is a seventh-grader at Parks Middle School in St. Martin Parish. The son of Chris and Melinda Tauzin, he is a fourth-year 4-H Club member.

Over his years in 4-H, Tauzin has raised and shown 19 breeder goats and seven market goats and has attended 46 livestock shows throughout the state. He has served as 4-H Club vice president and as treasurer of the Junior Louisiana Goat Association. He also is a member of the Beta Club

Jenkins, daughter of Michael and Kelle Jenkins, is a member of the Covington High School FFA chapter. Her supervised agricultural experience includes beef production and swine production

Jenkins’ beef project consists of three breeding females, and her objective is to raise show animals.

Her swine project includes two hogs.

An FFA member for four years and a 4-H member for six years, Jenkins has participated in livestock shows in Louisiana and Mississippi, earning champion, reserve champion and champion showmanship awards.

Governor’s Award

The Governor’s Award recognizes two senior 4-H members and one FFA member who have excelled in the livestock program.

The 2009 FFA winner is Kyle Jordan, the son of Ed and Tracy Jordan. He is a member of the North DeSoto High School FFA chapter. His supervised agricultural experiences are goats and swine production.

Jordan started raising goats in 2002 and has used cash sales of show and meat goats to expand his project. The results include ownership of a pickup truck, trailer, small tractor, catch pens and 25 percent of four acres and a 40-foot-by-50-foot metal barn.

His swine project consists of three gilts, which produced offspring that did well at the Louisiana State Fair and the North American International Livestock Exposition. He has made a profit selling pigs from these gilts.

Jordan has exhibited at numerous local, state and national livestock shows and has won champion, reserve champion and champion showmanship awards.

Guidry, a freshman at Breaux Bridge High School and a seven-year 4-H member in St. Martin Parish, is the son of Kevin and Hope Guidry.

Guidry has raised and showed 20 market hogs and four breeding gilts and has participated in approximately 50 livestock shows including the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, and the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky., as well as local and state events.

Guidry is active in his local 4-H Club and the FFA chapter at Breaux Bridge High School. Besides 4-H and FFA, he is a member of many other organizations including the Louisiana Pork Producers Association, the National Junior Swine Association, the Louisiana Junior Show Circuit and Team Purebred.

Prather, a junior at Teurlings Catholic High School in Lafayette Parish and a 4-H member at large in St. Landry Parish, is daughter of Burton and Cindy Prather.

During the past eight years, Prather has raised 14 beef show animals and was the 2008 state 4-H record book winner in the beef project. She also has been a member of the 4-H University state winning team in livestock judging.

Prather is president of the St. Landry Parish 4-H executive committee and president of the St. Landry Junior Leader Club.

Attorney General’s Award

The Attorney General’s Awards recognize volunteer 4-H leaders who have assisted livestock project members.

Cindy Prather is a 4-H alumna, 4-H parent and 4-H leader. She has been involved with 4-H programming for 30 years – 16 as a 4-H livestock leader and organizational leader.

Prather’s contributions include conducting animal and project book clinics, serving as judge for various parish activities and coaching the 2008 4-H University state livestock judging team.

“I was a 4-H member and agent, and now I am a parent and volunteer leader, so I have experienced 4-H from all sides,” Prather said. “It is a program that helps young people develop into good citizens, and develop good character, responsibility and leadership skills. I believe in 4-H and have seen with my own eyes what the program has to offer our young children.”

Danny Hebert, a 4-H alumnus and 4-H parent, has served both the Iberia Parish and St. Martin Parish 4-H programs for 16 years as a 4-H livestock leader. He has conducted clinics and taught youth about selecting animals, showmanship techniques and the basics of livestock care. In addition, he has served as a member of the Acadiana District livestock advisory committee and on the state swine committee.

“When my son, Daniel, graduated from high school, I thought that I would only be involved through my nieces and nephews,” Hebert said. “No matter what the 4-H program asks of me, I am willing to do it. I do it because I know how much 4-H has benefited my family, and I see the opportunities 4-H has to offer the youth of Louisiana.”

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Contacts: Terril Faul at (225) 578-2196 or tfaul@agcenter.lsu.edu

Mark Tassin at (225) 578-2196 or mtassin@agcenter.lsu.edu

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

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