Jefferson Teens Attend 2013 4-H University

Chantel J. Williams, Gauthier, Ann  |  7/12/2013 1:12:20 AM

Photo: Left to Right Front Row: Danielle Bean, Imaige Matherne, McKaela Mesa, Hailey Castiglione, Laura Melancon. Middle: Yu Lin, Extension Agent Ann Gauthier, Kaori Keyser. Back: Matthew Victoriano, Jun Lin, Nicholas Victoriano, Extension Agent Chantel Williams, La’Shai Dowl. Not shown is Hayley Kunzli.

Twelve Jefferson Parish teens participated in the annual State 4-H University held in late June on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge. Over 1400 4-H members from across Louisiana spent several days in Baton Rouge participating in state level competition or receiving intensive training in selected subject areas, such as Foods & Nutrition, Music/Dramatic Arts, and Fashion. Jefferson Parish participants included: Matthew Victoriano, Nicholas Victoriano, Hailey Castiglione, Danielle Bean, and Imaige Matherne from Fisher Middle/High School; McKaela Mesa from East Jefferson High School; La’Shai Dowl from Our Lady of Prompt Succor School in Westwego; Yu Lin and Jun Lin from Grace King High School; Kaori Keyser from Riverdale High School; Laura Melancon from De la Salle High School; Hayley Kunzli from Cabrini High School.  Hailey Castiglione and Kaori Keyser served as voting delegates from Jefferson Parish. Laura Melancon is serving as Louisiana Shooting Sports Ambassador.  Accompanying the group were Ann Gauthier and Chantel Williams, LSU Ag Center Extension Agents.

4-H University is one part of the LSU Ag Center’s 4-H Youth Development Program, which 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. 4-H University is open to 4-H members age 13 and older. It is conducted in June of each year and includes competitive and non-competitive educational opportunities. For more information about this or other 4-H Youth Development Programs, call 504-736-6519.





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