Terry Washington, Ag agent with Southern University Ag Center, was responsible for bringing youth from Rapides Parish to the annual Southern University Ag Expo.
The keynote speaker, Nikita Wilson, LSU basketball great and former NBA star, spoke to the youth about the work that it took him to get to where he is today. He told them that nothing comes easy in life, his academic background was not always the best and he was even cut from the junior high basketball team. But he persevered and became the person he is today. He stressed to the participants that even with talent, you also needed to be grounded academically and it will take you far.
Youth from throughout Louisiana had the time of their lives as they joined other participants June 16-18, 2011, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Youth experienced exciting seminars, exhibits, demonstrations, youth competitions and presentations. Participants were stimulated, inspired, and motivated throughout the fun-filled, educational weekend.
Wanda Burke, youth development specialist, noted that the expo is Southern University Ag Center's culminating youth development activity. The expo's theme was: "Cultivating the Essential Elements for Academic Success!"
View images of the event below.