Thirty-nine St. Mary Parish 4-H members departed from Franklin on June 19, 2012, to participate at the 98th annual 4-H University event and become their "own" stars. More than 1,400 4-H'ers and 135 volunteers from all over the state got together at the LSU campus in Baton Rouge to participate in this event. This 4-day event provides our youth new opportunities to explore the LSU campus, experience college life, learn about potential careers, build leadership skills, and meet youth from across the state.
Youth participating at the event can compete in areas ranging from photography to outdoor skills and from career preparation to meat identification. The non-competitive track known as Clover College included a variety of classes ranging from learning about forensics to healthy eating.
The St. Mary Parish 4-H Program had a total of 39 4-H members attending the 2012 4-H University, with 23 members competing and 16 members participating in the Educational Clover College Track. Of the 23 4-H members competing, 15 members brought home medals ranging from second place finishes to blue ribbon group placings.
In addition to the contests and educational sessions, 4-H'ers elected state 4-H executive board officers, state board members and regional representatives. Another four were honored as 2011-2012 delegates to the National 4-H Conference. St. Mary Parish is fortunate to have three state board members this coming year: Michal Mancuso will serve his second term in the Science, Engineering, and Technology Board and Gabby Darden and Caitlin Petifils will serve in the Citizenship Board.