Ascension 4-H Clover Column - February 2023

Calendar of Events:

2-4- District Livestock Show
4- National Sewing Day @ Office
8- State Rabbit- Online Entries Due
Grad Sr. Honor Cord Request Due
10- JLC Registration Deadline
State Livestock Show
Grad. Senior Scholarships Due
Mardi Gras Shirt and Clothing Contest Fashion Show
17- Pelican STEM Fest Tix Order Due
Mardi Gras- Office Closed
27- Beef & Wild Game Cookery D-Off
27- Jr. Leader Meeting

1- Grad Senior Scholarship Apps Due
4- State Rabbit Show- Alexandria, LA
11-19- Southern Regional S.S. Match
13- Junior Leader Meeting
15- Ag Career Day Registration Due
15- Award Applications Due
16- Raising Cane’s Fundraiser
22- Summer Camp Info Mtg
24- Mondart Scholarships Due
27- Seafood Cookery Drop Off
29- 4-H University Info Mtg

1- Horse Show Possession Deadline
3- Record Books Due for Competition
- Ag Career Day

4- Achievement Day
Mrs. Camille-
Mrs. Steph

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 Senior Honor Cords ( It takes less than 5 minutes to complete! Applications are due by February 8th! The cords will be sent to the Ascension Extension Office and given at Achievement Day (unless needed earlier).

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 for the agents to help with feedback and editing. The FINAL submission deadline is March 1. Contact the office if you have not already received the application and it can be found on our website under awards/applications.

The Mondart Scholarship is a $1,000.00 renewable scholarship opportunity for those freshmen entering the LSU College of Agriculture. The submission deadline is March 24th. Please contact for details.

Home & Style National Sewing Day Activity

The Home N Style club will be observing Quilt of Valor’s National Sew Day on Saturday, February 4 from 10 am to 2 pm at the 4-H office. Pre-cut Quilt kits will be provided to members who attend this fun day of sewing. We will be sewing quilt tops that will later be quilted and presented to local Veterans in appreciation for their service. Open to all 4-H members. Pre-register by calling the 4-H office so we can have the appropriate kits ready, bring your sewing kits and come with your bagged lunch. We have a limited number of sewing machines available, or you may bring your own machine. This will be a great opportunity for your community service hours.

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. The contest will take place at the Mardi Gras Masquerade Fashion Show where you will learn to walk the runway and model your shirt! To participate in the Mardi Gras T-Shirt Design Contest you must wear your decorated Mardi Gras shirt to the Fashion Show on February 16th at 6 pm in the 4-H office. Please limit attendance to participants and 2 guests.

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. Homemade & Age Appropriate

Jr. Leader Conference (JLC)- “GLOW Your Leadership”

There is limited seating capacity for the “GLOW Your Leadership” Junior Leadership Conference Experience. JLC is a high-quality, fun leadership camp, for members 14 and older, 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 team building, communication, responsibility, and leadership. Each parish is allowed to register 5 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. This is a one-night event, March 9-10 or 10-11. You can choose your date until spots are filled. Transportation will not be provided. Email to get information to reserve your spot. Deadline to register is February 10th.

4-H University Informational Meeting- Open to 8th-12th Grade 4-H’ers

Come Excel at 4-H University!4-Her’s choose from over 30 competitive events ranging from Agricultural Use Demonstration, Automotive Care, Fishing Sports, Esports, Fashion Revue, Graphic Design, robotics, and more! Through competing, youth excel in life skills such as personal growth, teamwork, decision-making, problem-solving, resiliency, and many more. This year’s 4-H University event will take place on the LSU Campus June 20-23. Registration Deadline: May 22- all paperwork and money are due. There will be a MANDATORY INFORMATIONAL MEETING on March 29th for participants and parents.

Cookery Contest- February- Beef Cookery & Wild Game Cookery **New Contest**

This is a combined cookery contest with Beef and the new Wild Game contest so please read over both contest guidelines very carefully once they are posted on our website. For each of our monthly contest entries, you will need to submit 2 copies of your recipe and 2 servings of your dish in a disposable container. You can earn extra points by submitting pictures of the before (ingredients), during preparation (action shots), and after (finished product) you have completed your dish and a short summary about your experience of cooking the dish. All of these extra components can be emailed to Mrs. Stephanie. The drop off day for your completed dish is on February 27th from 8 am to 5:30pm at the 4-H Office. From there, your entries will be judged by our volunteers. More detailed guidelines and explanations will be available soon on our website at!!

Summer Camp Mandatory Informational Meeting- Open to 4th-6th Grade 4-H’ers

“Get Hooked on 4-H Camp” at Camp Grant Walker July 17th-20th! Ascension 4-H will hold a mandatory informational meeting March 22, 6pm at the 4-H Office! Please be sure to attend if you would like your child's name on the list to attend summer camp and if you would like information on this grand adventure! Summer Camp is open to youth in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. A $50.00 deposit will be collected at this meeting to hold your child’s summer camp spot. Depending on a number of students interested, a lottery may be used to select attendees.

Raise a Little Green for Ascension 4-H with Raising Cane’s

Drive through or Dine-In at Raising Cane’s on Airline in Gonzales or Prairieville on March 16th from 10:00am until closing to help “Raise A Little Green for 4-H.” Be sure to mention Ascension 4-H when ordering! Ascension 4-H will receive 15% of the location’s profits from that day! More info to come!

Ag Career Day

Join in on the fun and “Discover the Possibilities” at the Agricultural Career Day, April 5th, hosted by the LSU AgCenter Sugar Research Station in St. Gabriel. This will be a fun, hands-on workshop featuring Ag Career exhibits, soil & plant science, apparel & textiles, and animal science. Any 8th-12th grade 4-H member is invited to attend! We have 10 spots available on a first-come, first-served basis. Students can meet at the 4-H office and ride with the agents to attend. For a registration form and more information, please contact our office. The registration deadline is March 15.

4-H Summer Horse Shows

If you may be interested in participating in the Summer 4-H Horse Shows, please contact the office ASAP! Events such as roping, barrel racing, pole bending, ranch riding, western pleasure, hunter under saddle, and much more are offered at the summer shows. April 1stis the possession deadline. A copy of the horse’s registration papers, or a grade horse certificate must be submitted to the office by April 1st.

Record Book Competition

**New for this year** 4th and 5th graders can submit their 4th and 5th-grade PROJECT BOOKS for parish project work awards. We will judge the content and effort in the Discovering, Exploring 4-H, or other project books to recognize those who have completed them for Achievement Day. Books in this competition that do not submit the additional portfolio portion are eligible for PARISH competition ONLY, not state competition**

6th—12th graders have one more step—the 4-H Portfolio. The NEW Portfolio Document can be found at . This new document must be used for the parish and state record book competitions, so please start transitioning your info! A helpful resource document has been uploaded to our website under “Contests< Record Book Competition” Project and Record Books will be due to the Ascension Office April 3rd, so please start working! 4-H agents are available to answer questions and assist with Record books. Learning how to complete and submit good project records is an excellent “life skill” which will help in many aspects of a member’s future.

Outstanding 4-H’er Nominations

As spring draws closers, we become busier, but be sure to remain active in your school club and parish 4-H activities! Each club leader will be eligible to nominate two members for the club and parish Outstanding 4-Her Award to be recognized at Achievement Day. Applications can be obtained from your club leader.

Achievement Day Service

Drum roll please. This year’s end of the year service project will be collecting Pop Tabs! Get your club and school on board to begin bringing in the tabs of any type of can… soup, soft drinks, energy drinks, etc. Pop tabs will be sold and the money will be used to benefit another charitable organization. There will be a friendly competition to see which club can collect the most pounds of pop tabs for Achievement Day! Good luck!

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 March 15, 2021. A club member may win the award only one time. Members in 6th-12th grades may be eligible to apply. Visit the applications/awards section of our website to download an application!

A Message from the Pelicans: We are really excited to be hosting STEM Fest again this year, Saturday, March 4, 2023 from 10 am - 2 pm at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center. We are expecting this event to be over the top and truly a great experience!! If you are unfamiliar with the event, we basically are taking over the entire Pelicans and Saints facility with 100s of hands-on STEM activities. Many schools advertised for students to attend, some bring students by the bus loads, others bring their own families. The exhibitors are great contacts for schools to get STEM really integrated into their schools and get kids excited about learning! Additionally, we are expecting to sell out tickets. Contact the 4-H Office for an order form or ticket link.

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