Rapides Parish 4-H youth took honors this year at the 100th 4-H University held in Baton Rouge, June 17-20. Over 1,700 4-H youth and volunteer leaders form Louisiana’s 64 parishes came to the LSU campus to participate in contests and learning activities. This year’s theme was “A Century of Leading, Competing and Succeeding” and Rapides Parish 4-H members did just that. Thirty-seven parish 4-H youth competed in one of the 40 contests in addition to workshops, seminars, ceremonies and just for fun activities. Rapides brought home one State winners, 2 first alternates and sixteen blue ribbons. Competition at 4-H U can be intense but the competitiveness is kept in perspective. Winning is not everything. The experience the youth gain from competing makes everyone a winner.
“Our 4-H members did an outstanding job,” stated Silas Cecil, Associate Extension Agent. “Also, we cannot thank enough the volunteers who helped train 4-H’ers for contests, our adult chaperones and leaders that stayed overnight, and the parents who brought the contestants to the trainings prior to 4-H U”.
4-H University also provides opportunities for youth to compete for elected state officer positions and regional youth representation. Benjamin Knowles was elected to the Performing Arts Board. Austin Pace and Maria Gallent were recognized for their leadership on the Outdoor Skills – Shooting Sports Ambassadors. Anna Coffman is your Rapides Parish representative for the Fashion Board and Katelyn Schwartz was elected to the 4-H State Executive Board Central Regional Representative.
Of the thirty-seven youth from Rapides Parish at the 4-H University this year winners include: Lizzy Hall, Insect I.D. (1st Place and State Winner); Benjamin Knowles and Katelyn Schwartz, Entomology Demonstration (1st Alternate). Benjamin, Katelyn and Lizzy were all awarded the Entomology Gulf Shores Educational Awards trip. Lizzy will also be attending the 4-H University Educational Trip to Orlando, FL.
Blue ribbon winners from Rapides Parish include: Austin Pace, Katelynn Ross and Sam Sauseda, Outdoor Skills (5th Place Team); Austin Pace, Outdoor Skills (8th Place Individual); Colbey Carroll, Fishing Sports (11th Place), Anna Doherty, Fishing Sports (12th Place); Bre’Anna Budnick, Emily Cormier and Alana Goleman, Consumer Decision Making (6th Place Team); Blaine Thiels, Compact Tractor (6th Place); Alicia Brister, Child Development (10th Place); Dakota Crooks, Automotive (6th Place Individual and 3rd Place Team); Tori Carroll, Automotive (10th Place Individual and 3rd Place Team); Lane Barrett, ATV (9th Place).
Also attending 4-H University were: Marzetta Scott, Career Prep Interview; Logan Cheek, ATV; Mathew Sauseda, Fishing Sports; Trevor Sonnier, Fishing Sports; Wesley Thibodeaux, Diesel Operations; Haley Carroll and Samantha Thomasee, Louisiana Chef; Lexie DeKeyzer, Megan Tassin and Jessica Edmonson, Consumer Decision Making; Ladayna Terrell and Jennifer Edmonson, Consumer Foods Judging; Alisyn Mundy, Trinity Pace and Jessica Paquette, Consumer Foods Judging; Alysaa Humphries and Savanna Knapp, Dog Science; Alyssa Lloid, Forestry Studies and Whitney Joffrion and Shelby Mertens, Louisiana Chef.
For more information on 4-H and other youth development program activities, or if you are interested in serving as a volunteer contact your local Cooperative Extension Service at (318) 767-3968.
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