(06/28/22) BATON ROUGE, La. — For the first time since 2019, nearly 1,000 4-H students, volunteers and agents convened on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge to participate in 4-H University.
This event was highlighted by the election of new officers, board members and ambassadors for the 2022-23 school year. 4-H participants also competed in more than 40 contests, five Clover College tracts and six educational sessions. Regional representatives for the 4-H state executive board and national conference delegates also were chosen.
This year’s theme was Strive, and for many, this was an opportunity to win an educational trip, cash prizes or the right to represent Louisiana 4-H in several national competitions.
The annual event was held for the 108th time. For some, it was the first time to experience 4-H University in person. The past two gatherings were held virtually or in a hybrid-virtual model.
“We are really glad to be back on campus,” said Todd Tarifa, LSU AgCenter 4-H department head. “This event was made to be held here, and the 4-H students benefit from the experience of what it’s like to live and learn in a major university setting.”
During the event, students are housed in dormitories, and contests and programs are held in classrooms and facilities across the LSU campus. Many of the participants come from small schools in rural areas, and the event offers them a glimpse of the size and scope of what life may be like if they decide to attend college.
“We have students from all over the state,” Tarifa said. “This week will let every one of them see that this environment can be conducive to learning and competing, which is a major tenet of 4-H. Our students look at this as a challenge, and they are more than willing to take it on.”
Morgan Meaux, from Vermilion Parish, was elected to serve as president, and Zach Cryer, of Bossier Parish, was chosen to be vice president.
Elected as secretary was Joy So, of Winn Parish; hrilina rahks, of Jefferson Parish, was elected historian/reporter; and Ava Richardson, of Caddo Parish, was selected for parliamentarian.
Students also had the opportunity to be selected to five boards, which were citizenship, fashion, food and fitness, shooting sports and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
During the week, members also selected representatives to represent Louisiana 4-H at the National 4-H Conference, which is held in November.
Three individuals from each of the five geographical regions of the state were chosen to serve as a liaison between the executive board and the members of each region. These representatives help in the planning and staging of regional and state 4-H events.
Contest winners were:
4-H Has Talent: Kinsey Waits, of Vermilion Parish.
Agriculture Demonstration: Julie Boenig and Baileigh Conner, of Cameron Parish.
ATV: Quinden Thodile, of Ascension Parish.
Automotive: Joey Zeringue, of Ascension Parish.
Career Preparation Interview: Rheonna Lavigne, of St. James Parish.
Child Development: Selina Li, of St. Bernard Parish.
Computer Simulation: Ryder Romero and Zachary Cormier, of Iberia Parish.
Consumer Decision Making: Charles Tenney, of Terrebonne Parish.
Consumer Decision Making (Team): Cody LeBoeuf, Katee Lyons, Cameron Robichaux and Charles Tenney, of Terrebonne Parish.
Consumer Food Evaluation: Alyssa Keowen, of West Baton Rouge.
Dairy Judging: Ella Rivere, of Assumption Parish.
Dairy Judging (Team): Ella Rivere, Emily Rivere and Reese Burnett, of Assumption Parish.
Diesel Operations: Cain LeBlanc, of St. James Parish.
Entomology Demonstration: Paityn Martin and Isabella Trahan, of Vermilion Parish.
Environmental Conservation Illustrated Talk: Jewel Bird, of Bossier Parish.
Fashion Revue — It’s Sew You: Jaci Carter, of Bossier Parish.
Fashion Revue — Ready-to-Wear: Elizabeth Page, of Winn Parish.
Fashion Revue — Upcycled Fashion: Ava Arceneaux, of Acadia Parish.
Family and Consumer Sciences Demonstration: Madeline Mitchell, of Natchitoches Parish.
Fine Arts — Canvas, Paper and Glass: Annah Proctor, of Natchitoches Parish.
Fine Arts — Wood, Metal and Textiles: Dylan Micheli, Tangipahoa Parish.
Fine Arts — 3D Design and Mixed Media: Kayleigh Suire, of Vermilion Parish.
Fine Arts — Clay: Elizabeth Hill, of Calcasieu Parish.
Fine Arts — Computer Generated: Autumn Herring, of Livingston Parish.
Fine Arts — Fiber: Makayla Rhodes, of Terrebonne Parish.
Fine Arts — Heritage Art: Matea Whittington, of Sabine Parish.
Fine Arts — Nature: Parker Richard, of Lafourche Parish.
Fine Arts — Scrapbooking: Zayle Falgout, of Lafourche Parish.
Fine Arts — Wood: Shane Nettles, of Livingston Parish.
Fishing Sports: Dominic DeBenedetto, of Ascension Parish.
Fishing Sports (Team): Gavin Musgrove, Gunnar Yocum and William Hanson, of Winn Parish.
Forestry: Caden Conley, of Natchitoches Parish.
Forestry (Team): Caden Conley, Roman Armstrong, Brynn Landry and Sawyer Anderson, of Natchitoches Parish.
Horse Judging (Team) : Lane Fredrick, Haylee Bourque and Ella Desormeaux, of Vermilion Parish.
Horticulture Demonstration — General: Victoria Wiggins, of Natchitoches Parish.
Horticulture Demonstration — Use: Emma Duvall, of Pointe Coupee.
Horticulture Identification and Evaluation: Grace Simon, of Lafayette Parish
Horticulture Identification and Evaluation (Team): Grace Simon, Carter Aucoin, Emmy Habetz and Wyatt Dauphin, of Lafayette Parish.
Insect Identification: Laura Thibodeaux, of Acadia Parish.
Livestock Judging: Ian Moss, of Calcasieu Parish.
Livestock Judging (Team): Dawson Dufrene, Alaina Lyons, Lani Louque and Hilari Theriot, of Lafourche Parish.
Louisiana Agronomic Crop Illustrated Talk: Colton Conley, of Natchitoches Parish.
Louisiana CHEF: Devin Lanclos, of St. Martin Parish.
Meat Identification: Luke Domingue, of Lafayette Parish.
Meat Identification (Team): Lane Guilbeaux, Luke Domingue, Shaohannah Martin and Lane Johnson, of Lafayette Parish.
Outdoor Skills: Chance Sloan, of Calcasieu Parish.
Outdoor Skills (Team): Colby Laiche, Hunter Poche and Parker Richard, of Lafourche Parish
Personal Training: Darby Stephens, of West Carroll Parish.
Photography: Sawyer Herring, of Livingston Parish.
Plant Identification and Evaluation: Ayla Bergeron, of Vermilion Parish.
Plant Identification and Evaluation (Team): Ayla Bergeron, Emma Zaunbrecher and Cortland Fletcher of Vermilion Parish.
Poultry Judging: Kaeli-Gracyn Bourgoyne, of Assumption Parish.
Poultry Judging (Team): Shawna Adams, Kaeli-Gracyn Bourgoyne and Emily Cernuska, of Assumption Parish.
Public Speaking (Any Subject): Ashley Green, of Terrebonne Parish.
Public Speaking (Cooperative): Gabriel Fontenot, of Evangeline Parish.
Solutions Unlimited: Peter Bigelow and Mason Gee, of Richland Parish.
Sports Broadcasting: Tucker Habetz and Gabriel Yocupicio, of Lafayette Parish.
Teens Driving Teens to Safety: Ellie Marceaux and Kylee Suggs, of Vermilion Parish
The Next 4-H Healthy Food Star: Louise Johnston and Aubrie Everett, of Caddo Parish.
Tiger Tank Entrepreneurship Challenge (Up and Running): Logan McQuarn, of Ascension Parish.
Tiger Tank Entrepreneurship Challenge (Idea): Daniel Ibert, of St. Mary Parish.
Vet Set Geaux: Ceyanna Brown, of Cameron Parish.
Zero Turn Mower: Nathan Faulk, of Acadia Parish.
Morgan Meaux, a Vermilion Parish 4-H’er, was elected president for the 2022-23 school year during 4-H University. The event occurred June 21 to 23 and welcomed nearly a 1,000 4-H agents, students and volunteers to LSU’s Baton Rouge campus. State office elections, more than 40 competitive contests and educational sessions were held during the event. Photo by Olivia McClure/LSU AgCenter
Natchitoches Parish 4-H member Hannah Roquemore talks about bed bugs during her 4-H University entomology demonstration competition. The contest was part of more than 40 competitive events held during 4-H U where students competed for prizes such as educational trips or cash prizes. Photo by Olivia McClure/LSU AgCenter