Many 4-H youth from Rapides Parish experienced success at the 101st annual 4-H University held on the LSU-Baton Rouge campus in mid-June. Over 1,500 4-H youth and volunteers from across Louisiana represented their home parishes in both competitive and non-competitive events. Thirty-three Rapides 4-H’ers competed in one of the forty contests in addition to attending workshops, seminars, ceremonies, and “just for fun” activities. Rapides was proud to bring home one state winner, one state alternate team and sixteen blue ribbons.
The winners are: Ryan Blomquist, Insect I.D. (1st Place and State Winner) and Megan Tassin, Jessica Edmonson, and Lexie Dekeyzer, Consumer Decision-Making team (1st Alternate).
Blue ribbon winners from Rapides Parish include: Austin Pace, Travis Burns, and Maria Gallent, Outdoor Skills (3rd Place Team); Austin Pace, Outdoor Skills (5th Place Individual); Cobey Carroll, Anna Doherty, and Mathew Sauseda, Fishing Sports (6th Place Team), Anna Doherty, Fishing Sports (6th place indiviual); BreAnna Budnick and Alana Goleman, Consumer Decision Making (6th Place Team); Alica Brister, Child Development (3rd Place); Rebecca Cates, Dog Science (7th Place); Tori Carroll, Automotive (8th Place Individual ); Lane Barrett, ATV (6th Place); Ben Knowles, Soybean Illustrated Talk, (4th Place); Rachel Cates, Insect Identification (9th Place); and Whitney Joffrion, Photography (12th place).
Also attending 4-H University were: Logan Cheek, Jennifer Edmonson, Jessica Paquette, Shelby Mertens, Brittany Durant, Jordan Elie, Sam Sauseda, Sarah Steadman, Hayden Rutledge, Savanna Budnik, Casida Humphries, Katelyn Ross, Michael Gallent, and Katelyn Schwartz. Two 4–H’ers were selected to serve on State 4-H Youth Leadership Boards: Congratulations to Austin Pace and Sam Sauseda who will serve as 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassador this school year.
A special thank you to our volunteers who served as chaperones: Mrs. Bonnie Rutledge, Ms. Catherine Brister, Mrs. Delina Steadman and Mrs. Jenise Mertens. These awesome volunteers provided support and guidance to the delegation and their efforts are appreciated. Honored at the 4-H U Banquet as “Alumni of the Year” were Mrs. Bonnie Rutledge and Mr. Colt Brister. Both have served our parish as volunteers and we are grateful!