Bruce Schultz | 8/22/2018 4:16:17 PM
(08/22/18) FRANKLIN, La. — Adriana Drusini thought Monday would be the routine start of a week, with the usual work awaiting an LSU AgCenter 4-H agent in St. Mary Parish.
But then came flowers, a plaque and cake to honor her as Louisiana 4-H Agent of the Year. She was taken by complete surprise.
“The award is for supporting volunteers in the parish,” said Veronica Del Bianco, AgCenter 4-H volunteer leadership development specialist.
Drusini will be formally honored on Nov. 3 at the Louisiana 4-H Volunteer Conference at the LSU AgCenter Grant Walker Educational Center near Pollock.
She was nominated by Kathy Landry, a volunteer leader in the parish.
“The thing that stands out for me is Adriana’s involvement with youth,” Landry said. “She sees that potential in them and involves them in things. She welcomes kids. She’s encouraging, and she respects them.”
Drusini said she applied for the 4-H job after her husband, Guillermo Scaglia, took a position as a cattle researcher at the LSU AgCenter Iberia Research Center 11 years ago. She admitted she was aware of 4‑H, but she didn’t know much about it.
“It’s been a pleasure working in this office,” she said. “I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
Drusini works with 32 clubs in the parish with more than 1,000 students, and for several months she was the lone agent in the office until the January hiring of Ashley Punch, who had been a 4-H Club member with Drusini as her leader.
Lanette Hebert, AgCenter 4-H regional coordinator, said Drusini is more than deserving of the recognition.
“I’m proud of Adriana and her work with both youth and adult volunteers. She serves as a role model for others in the area of volunteer development,” Hebert said. “She makes an extra effort to know her volunteers and to provide them with meaningful roles.”
Adriana Drusini, at right, reacts as she learns she has been honored as the Louisiana 4-H Agent of the Year. At left is Veronica Del Bianco, LSU AgCenter 4-H volunteer leadership development specialist, who informs Drusini of the award. Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter
Adriana Drusini, second from right, with the staff of the St. Mary Parish LSU AgCenter office, after learning she has been chosen as Louisiana 4-H Agent of the Year. Pictured with her are, from left, Kathy Landry, a volunteer leader in the parish who nominated Drusini for the award; Thu Bui, LSU AgCenter marine extension agent; Dawn Broussard, parish office administrator; Ashley Punch, a 4-H agent in St. Mary Parish; Veronica Del Bianco, AgCenter 4-H volunteer leadership development specialist; Drusini; and Jimmy Flanagan, LSU AgCenter extension agent. Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter