Ascension 4-H Clover Column- January 2021

Calendar of Events:


5- Broiler Chick Pre-Order Pick Up

15- Demo Day; Trademart Bldg.

18- MLK Holiday; Office Closed

21- Home & Style Meeting; Virtual

22-24- Parish Livestock Show

25- Bento Box Cookery Contest Deadline

27- Clover Update; Virtual

29- 4-H Senior Honor Chord Application Deadline (online)

District Livestock Show

11- State Rabbit Show Entry Deadline

11- Mardi Gras T-Shirt Design Contest Submission Deadline

13-20- State Livestock Show

15- Senior Scholarship Deadline

16- Mardi Gras Holiday- Office Closed

18- Home & Style Meeting; Virtual


6- State Rabbit Show

11-13- Junior Leader Conference

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Demo Day

The Ascension 4-H Demo Day is coming up on Friday, January 15th, and it’s never too early to begin planning! The holidays make a great time to work on your Demo Day submissions! The contests that take place are listed below. The Demo Day event details and rules for each contest are posted in the Demo Day Contest tab at Below are the lists of contests. Pre-registration for some contests are required.

  • Public Speaking (Senior level winners may be eligible for a 4-H University Scholarship)
  • Interview Preparation (Senior level winners may be eligible for a 4-H University Scholarship)
  • Dress Review Garment Judging
  • Ready to Wear Garment Judging and Contest
  • Exhibits (can be turned into the 4-H office before Demo Day) Exhibit Categories are as follows:
    • Arts & Crafts (Accessories, Jewelry, Paper, Plastic, wood, other)
    • Photography (5x7 framed prints; Animals, Nature, People)
    • Recycled Art (Create art using used items only)
    • Posters
      • Beef– top posters sent on to state competition where cash prizes are awarded,
      • Dairy– top posters sent on to state competition, or
      • 4-H Themed
  • Sewing (Non-Wearable Only)
  • Project Exhibit– Educational display board about your 4-H project area. Small props are acceptable to enhance the display.
  • General & Food Demonstrations
  • Commodity Ambassador Illustrated Talks (Winners may be selected to move onto state competition)
  • Beekeepers Essay– 2021 Topic TBA (Top essays will be sent on to the National Competition where cash prizes up to $750 will be awarded)
  • **NEW** LifeBook Cover Design Competition

4-H Golden Clover Award & Emerald Achievement Awards

The 4-H Golden Clover Award and Emerald Achievement Award in Louisiana gives recognition to 4-H Club members who have shown outstanding leadership ability in their club and their parish. The object of the program is to encourage project growth and a broad program of 4-H club members who have shown outstanding leadership ability in their club and their parish. If you are active in your club or on a parish level, please consider applying.
Applications for these awards are due to the 4-H office on February 15, 2021. A club member may win the award only one time. Members in 6th-12th grades may be eligible to apply. Visit the awards section of our website to download an application.

Livestock News

The LSU AgCenter intends to conduct livestock shows as originally planned but Given the health concerns with COVID-19, there is no guarantee that the LSU AgCenter Livestock Shows will occur as advertised. With that in mind, all livestock show participants and families should note that the purchase and/or validation of animals is at their own risk and financial investment. The Ascension Parish Livestock Show will be held the weekend of January 22-24. A schedule will be released to livestock exhibitors once entry numbers have been confirmed. For everyone's health and safety and to reduce numbers, this will be a closed event for this year only. It will be open only to registered participants and their immediate families. There will be no Stick Horse Rodeo in conjunction with the Ascension Parish Livestock Show for this year.

Graduating Seniors- Honor Cords

Don’t forget to apply to get your Honor Cords to wear while walking at your high school graduation! You have worked hard during your 4-H career so wear your honor cord PROUDLY! Applications are available and must be submitted online at! It takes less than 5 minutes to complete! Applications are due by January 29th! The cords will be sent to the Ascension Extension Office and you will be notified for pick up in early spring.

Graduating Seniors- Scholarships

Seniors, there are lots of scholarships out there for you through 4-H! By completing one application, you will be entered for a chance to win any of the state 4-H scholarships, the local State 4-H Foundation Scholarship, the Ascension 4-H Foundation scholarships, and the locally awarded Scott Tractor Foundation scholarship. Be sure you are in contact with the 4-H office so you are not missing out on these opportunities! We have money that we want to give away!!! February 15th at 4:30 pm is the deadline for this scholarship application to be turned into the Extension Office. Contact the office if you have not already received the application.

Record Books

Be on the lookout to receive your project book/activity guides and portfolios this month, if you have not already received them! We have been bringing them to the schools for distribution. The digital portfolio and records sheet can be found at All members at large can stop by the office to pick up your books. Please call ahead to be sure someone is at the office. We plan to have our traditional record book contest again this year. We are tentatively setting the submission deadline for the week after the Easter Holiday.

Mardi Gras T-Shirt Design Contest

Express your Mardi Gras Mambo flare and create your own Mardi Gras shirt for the Annual Ascension 4-H Mardi Gras Shirt design contest. Normally, this contest takes place at the Mardi Gras Masquerade Fashion Show, however, due to COVID, instead of modeling your shirts, we are going to create a video of all the designs to post in the virtual Fashion Show that will take place on social media. To participate in the Mardi Gras T-Shirt Design Contest you must submit 3 clear pictures of the decorated shirt to by February 11th.

The contest rules/guidelines are:

A solid t-shirt of any color should be used by the 4-H member to create the shirt design.

All items must be permanently attached (to where they won’t easily fall off) hot glue, etc.

Be creative; Only one entry per person.

Must be age-appropriate.

Junior Leadership Conference (JLC)- 8th-12th Graders

There is limited seating capacity for the “Walk Your Way to Leadership” Junior Leadership Conference Experience. JLC is a high quality, fun leadership camp planned and put on by the Louisiana State 4-H Executive Board. If you are interested in increasing your leadership skills, service learning, teamwork, and networking with other 4-Hers from across the state then this is the camp for you! Different activities are being presented in the areas of healthy living, SET, animal science, citizenship, and leadership. Each parish is allowed to register 4 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. This is a one-day event, and you can choose your date and location until spots are filled; March 11-Shreveport, March 12- Alexandria, and March 13- Baton Rouge. Transportation will not be provided. Email to get information to reserve your spot.

Cookery Contest- Bento Box

Although we have had to make some major changes to our cookery contest this year, we are excited to incorporate some new components!! Due to COVID restrictions, we will not be taste testing your dishes, but don’t worry your hard work will still shine in several different ways! For each of your monthly contest entries, you will need to take pictures before (ingredients), during (3-action shots), and after (2-shots) you have completed your dish. You will need to submit your recipe and a summary of the experience of cooking your dish. From this point, the entries will be judged and the judges will choose the top three from each age category. If there is a tie that needs to be broken the parents will be contacted to set up an interview with the contestants. (Phone or virtual) The fourth monthly contest will be the Bento Box Cookery! You can find detailed guidelines and explanations on our website under contests at or the Bento Box Events page on Facebook! The entry deadline is January 25th.

Home & Style Project Club

The Home & Style Club will include cooking and sewing this year! *NEW* Each month a cooking project will be completed in coordination with the cookery contests. The club is open to all Ascension 4-H’ers with monthly meetings (virtual meetings to get started), and it’s $10.00 to join to help pay for supplies used for project materials. Meetings will be held virtually for now. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 21 at 6 pm. A link to join the virtual meeting will be emailed to all registered participants before the meeting. It’s not too late, you can still sign up to join this project club! An activity project guide and supplies for the first half of the year should be picked up at the office in preparation for the next meeting. Please call ahead before dropping by to be sure someone is there. The projects in the binder should be completed each month in time to share at your monthly meetings! Mrs. JoAnn encourages all H&S members to participate in the clothing contests at Demo Day! She is super excited to see what you create! You can register for the Home & Style project club online at

Jr. Leader Project Club- 7th-12th Grades

The Ascension 4-H Jr. Leader Project Club is open to all 7th-12th grade Ascension 4-H members. Jr. Leader’s focus on leadership, citizenship, and teamwork. The 2020-21 Jr. Leader's educational focus will be Teens Making Good Choices. Each month we will explore different ways to use our Heads to make good, healthy choices through hands-on activities. Also, the service-learning theme will be the Care Campaign. Each month we will focus on an activity to spread kindness and show those around us that we care! The cost to join the Jr. Leader Club is $10.00. The next Jr. Leader will be held virtually, Monday, January 11th at 6 pm.
To get the meeting information, please sign up for Jr. Leaders at

4-H Remind Updates

Stay connected with Ascension 4-H by joining the Ascension 4-H Remind by Texting “@ascp4h” to 81010 or join online at

Clover Updates- Virtual Parish Meetings

We realize some schools may not be able to offer monthly 4-H meetings due to COVID guidelines and restrictions. We will offer a monthly virtual Clover Update. January’s update will take place at 6 p.m. on the 27th. This will be an opportunity for 4-H members to tune in to a monthly 4-H meeting with the 4-H agents, Mrs. Camille and Mrs. Stephanie, to get updates, talk about upcoming Ascension 4-H opportunities, and participate in the monthly 4-H Science Lab activity that will be presented at school club 4-H meetings. You can access the virtual Clover Update through the info below or the link posted on and social media. Read further for next month’s educational activity & supplies to be prepared for the Clover Update.

Click here to Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

Or call in +1 225-614-2374 United States, Baton Rouge (Toll)

Conference ID: 962 328 264#

Clover Updates- Educational Activity and Supplies

This year the Agents will be presenting 4-H Science Lab lessons as the club meeting educational focus. For those virtual students who may not be able to attend their school club meetings and members at large to be able to participate in these monthly lessons, we will include the supplies and information about the activity in the newsletter for 4-H members to participate at home. Each month, the Agents will conduct a virtual update for you to attend and complete the lesson during this meeting. You will have the opportunity to watch the demonstration, then complete the activity at home!

January’s Science Lab Activity: Physics- Surface Tension

Supplies Needed: Sturdy paper plate with a lip, 2% or whole milk, food coloring (4 colors), cotton swabs, & liquid dish soap.

February’s Science Lab Activity: Food Science- Making Butter

Supplies Needed: 2 tbsp of heavy whipping cream, 2-ounce plastic condiment container (or any small container with a lid), and paper towels (salt, crackers & butter knife- optional)

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