Ascension 4-H Clover Column - March 2023

Calendar of Events:

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
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
2- Marsh Maneuvers Apps. Due
3- Record Books Due for Competition
3- A-Day Talent Applications Due
3- Award Applications Due
Ag Career Day

1- Leadership Board Apps Due
Achievement Day
9- Regional Culinary Arts Contest (Invited Contest Winners Only)
22- 4-H University Registration Due

20-23- 4-H University

17-20- 4-H Summer Camp (4th-6th)
31- Aug 3- LOST Camp (7th-8th)

Mrs. Camille-
Mrs. Steph

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!

Graduating Seniors- Scholarships

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.

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 the number of students interested, a lottery may be used to select attendees.

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.

State Leadership Boards!

Ready to take your leadership and 4-H experience to the next level? You may want to consider applying for a LA State 4-H Leadership Board! Members in 8th-12th grades may be eligible to apply. Leadership Boards are offered in the areas of Science, Engineering, & Technology (SET), Food & Fitness, Fashion, Wetlands Ambassador Team (WAT), Shooting Sports Ambassadors, Livestock Ambassadors, and Executive Board. If interested, contact the 4-H Office. Deadline to apply is May 1.

Ag Career Day

Join in on the fun and “Discover the Possibilities” at the Agricultural Career Day, March 23rd, 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 1st is 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.

LOST Camp- 7th & 8th Graders

LOST (Louisiana Outdoor Science and Technology) Camp will be back at Camp Grant Walker this summer July 31- August 3. All 7th and 8th grade 4-H members interested, please mark your calendars. This camp is similar to summer camp, but targets a slightly older age group. If you are interested, please contact our office to get on the list to be the first to receive information. More information on this will be forthcoming as we receive it.

Cookery Contest- March- Seafood

The Seafood cookery contest is a crowd favorite and we are blessed to have a readily available supply of fresh seafood here in south Louisiana! For each of our monthly contest entries, you will need to submit 2 copies of your recipe and 1-2 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 March 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!! So please read over them carefully when they are posted.

Marsh Maneuvers

Marsh Maneuvers is a 4-H camp for current high schoolers that offers hands-on learning about Louisiana’s coast! Some of the unique experiences include taking a tour of the marsh in an airboat, helping restore wetlands by planting marsh grass, going crabbing, and touring the Tabasco Factory and Jungle Gardens at Avery Island. The application opens online March 13th and the deadline to apply is April 2nd.There will be 2 camps for our region: I- July 3-7 or II- July 10-14 with only 16 participants each. Participants will be selected through the application process. Contact us for details! Application:

Youth and School Vegetable Garden Contest

Gardens entered into the contest must contain at least 4 types of vegetables. Judges will look for plant health, weeds, records, and more! The garden contest judging will take place in early May. All participants will be notified of the exact time and date. More info can be found on our website. To register for the contest, please call the office or email by May 1.

Livestock Shows

The Parish, District, and State Livestock Shows are now completed. The Ascension Parish Livestock Show team did an amazing job in representing Ascension during each of these events! We would like to congratulate all of our winners and let ALL of our livestock show exhibitors know how PROUD we are of them. We wish those competing in the State Rabbit Show on March 4th GOOD LUCK!

Below are the 2022-23 Ascension Livestock Exhibitors who represented Ascension at the livestock shows.

Senior Members: Alie Causey, Tobie Laiche and Anna Schexnayder
Emma Alford, Braylie Babin, Brody Babin, Anna Blanchard, Peyton Blanchard, Kenzie Bordelon, Easton Brady, Scott Brogan, Hudson Clements, Maverick Clements, Hailee Daigle, Hayden Daigle, Cameron Deane, Cy Delatte, Bryson Delaune, Ethan Delaune, Molly Devall, Ross Folse, Logan Freeman, Carson Giardina, Caydence Guillory, Aubrie Gray, Isabella Holton, Samuel Jack, Reese James, Jenna Kling, Jorja Kling, Blair Landry, Brielle LeBlanc, Brookelyn LeBlanc, Bailey Louviere, Megan Motichek, Canyon Robertson, Kayden Roussel, Aubree Savoy, Anna Schexnayder, Ava Schexnayder, Karson Schexnayder, Dallis Theodore, Skyler Townson, Anna Cole, Karlie Fife, Ali Laiche, Sheila McCrory, Kayleigh Salazar, Alex Guillot, Luke Guillot, Beau Louviere, Amelia Parker, Anna Parker, Orion Rood, Enzie Scott, Heidi Walters

Shooting Sports Update

The completion of livestock shows marks the beginning of our local shooting sports competitions. These include our co-hosted East Baton Rouge match, the Ascension Invitational, and our state qualifying Southern Regional. Our members will get to experience their hard work, dedication, and training come to fruition. They will find the areas that need additional work and gain confidence to continue competing. Please join us in

sending well wishes to our Ascension competitors and all shooting sports members!

Achievement Day Information

All 4-H members, parents, and family members are invited to attend Achievement Day at the Dutchtown High School Gym on May 4th, 2023!

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. Members at large can get an application from our office. All club leaders and members at large must turn in applications to us by April 3rd.

Achievement Day Talent Show

4-Hers who have a special talent, whether singing, dancing, playing an instrument, etc. can sign up to be considered to be showcased in the LIVE 4-H Achievement Day Talent Showcase! To be considered, 4-Hers should complete the talent show entry form and submit a clear, quality video of their talent. More details and entry forms can be found on our website,, under contests. Entry forms and talent videos are due to the office by April 3rd! The agents will review the forms and videos to select the acts to be showcased LIVE at Achievement Day on May 5th! Due to time limits, only a couple acts will be selected in each age division to perform live.

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
April 3, 2023. 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!

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