Elizabeth Bryan | 7/28/2017 3:49:00 PM
Louisiana 4-H announces state contest winners, new officers
Kenneth Gautreaux | 6/23/2017 8:31:43 PM
(06/23/17) BATON ROUGE, La. — With a theme of “Out of this World,” nearly 1,500 4-H’ers from across the state won educational trips, participated in educational programs and selected new officers for the 2017-2018 school year during 4-H University.
The 103rd annual event was held on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge during the week of June 20-23. 4-H University consists of 37 competitive contests, 11 Clover College tracks, electing new state officers and regional representatives for the state 4-H executive board, and selecting national conference delegates and members of six state leadership boards.
In the competitive contests, youth contended for educational trips to the Gulf Coast, West Virginia and Dallas. They also vied for the right to represent Louisiana 4-H in several national competitions and cash prizes.
“For many 4-H members, 4-H University is the highlight of their year,” said Janet Fox, LSU AgCenter 4-H department head. “Some have been preparing for their contests all year, and others look forward to components like Clover College and other educational programs.”
4-H University also allows the participants to experience what life is like on a major college campus. They stay in dormitories during the event, and the contests and programs are held across the LSU campus, exposing 4-H members to a college-like experience.
“Some of our participants come from rural areas and attend small schools. 4-H U gives them a taste of the college atmosphere, and hopefully, they will find it less intimidating if they go off to college someday,” Fox said.
Nearly 250 students attended the Clover College tracks. These tracks are non-competitive and focus on education and exposing young people to campus life. Sessions included exploring the LSU athletic facilities, learning about opportunities in the LSU College of Agriculture and lessons regarding the basics of video production.
State 4-H president, vice president, secretary, historian/reporter and parliamentarian were elected during the week. Brittney Lea, of Bienville Parish, was elected president. Westin Cobb, of Livingston Parish, will serve as vice president.
Heather Goss, of Calcasieu Parish, was elected secretary. Antavion Moore, of Bienville Parish, was elected historian/reporter, and Gavyn Stephens, of Iberia Parish, was chosen parliamentarian.
Members were also designated to serve on the boards for citizenship, fashion, food and fitness, performing arts, shooting sports, and science, engineering and technology (SET).
Delegates to represent Louisiana 4-H at the National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C., in spring 2018 were also selected during 4-H U.
Representatives were chosen from five geographical regions to serve as liaisons between the state executive board and their respective regions and help in the planning and staging of regional and state 4-H events.
Bienville Parish 4-H had 27 youth attend 4-HU. Three youth were chosen to serve on state Boards. Birttney Lea, President Executive Board, Tay Moore, Reporter Executive Board and Chelsea Hullaby Fashion Board. Bienville Parish Contest Winners: Dog Science: 6th Place Aileecia Tipton. Family and Consumer Sciences Demonstration: 4th Place Brittney Lea & Antavion Moore. Forestry: 6th Place Dawsson Tipton.