Kenneth Gautreaux, Faul, Terril D., Tassin, Mark G. | 6/1/2009 9:25:46 PM
BATON ROUGE – Participants in 4-H are known for their prize-winning animals and giving back to their communities through ambitious service projects. But at 4-H University, these students will compete in contests ranging from computer simulation to sports broadcasting.
This year marks the 95th time Louisiana 4-H students will have gathered during the summer months to compete for prizes and scholarships. Members will participate in 42 contests or attend educational programs to learn about issues such as healthy decision making and robotics. All of the events will take place June 23-25 on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge.
“Many of our students and agents look forward to 4-H University. It’s a chance for them to display the knowledge and skills they have learned in 4-H and to see how they compare with their peers,” said Dr. Mark Tassin, state leader for the LSU AgCenter’s 4-H Youth Development program.
Tassin says that although many students thrive on the competition, 4-H University is not just about contests. “It’s an opportunity to learn, to explore what a major university has to offer and to have a good time, all in the same week,” he said.
More than 1,500 4-H’ers are expected to attend 4-H University according to Terrill Faul, LSU AgCenter coordinator for 4-H University.
“Students will be competing for scholarships, award trips to places like San Antonio, Atlanta and Orlando or the opportunity to compete in national contests held at locations across the country,” Faul said.
For each of the three nights, 4-H’ers will attend an assembly to hear from a guest speaker. This year’s schedule includes former LSU football player and Heisman trophy runner-up Jerry Stovall, LSU system president John Lombardi and martial arts expert Steve Robichaux.
The June 25 assembly will feature the announcement of contest winners and both the recognition of outgoing officers and executive committee members and the presentation of newly elected officers and committee members.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture