Terril D. Faul, Gambel, Elizabeth C., Morgan, Johnny W.
NEW ORLEANS – Louisiana 4-H’ers recognized as this year’s "good providers," as well as others from across the state who excelled in various projects, were honored last week in New Orleans.
The winners toured the city last week as part of the awards trip, and the event culminated Nov. 23 with the annual awards luncheon at the Stadium Club Restaurant at the Louisiana Superdome.
The Good Provider program dates back more than 60 years to the war effort during WWII, but the current Good Provider and Community Service program has evolved to recognize the types of activities in which members of today’s generation are involved.
In addition to the Good Provider winners, 4-H’ers from across the state who excelled in such projects as animal science, communications, community study and service and family life also were honored. And a group of volunteer leaders were recognized for their outstanding service to the youth development program.
The Louisiana 4-H program, which is operated by the LSU AgCenter, offers those in grades 4-12 more than 52 educational projects and a wealth of activities on issues ranging from science and technology to healthy lifestyles to environmental education. All of them are designed to help young people develop knowledge and skills that will benefit them, their families and their communities.
"The Good Provider program actually is an example of part of the 4-H mission – in that we take youth and teach them things that will help them become capable and productive citizens in their communities," said Terril Faul, state leader of the LSU AgCenter’s 4-H program.
Harvey Reed, who heads the New Orleans Agribusiness Council’s judging team for the Good Provider contest, said this year’s candidates were "more astute."
"I think every year our 4-H’ers are taking us to another level," Reed said, stressing that the program’s main thrust is to instill in youth the importance of service. "That service can be to themselves, to their peers or to their communities – it doesn’t matter."
"The thing we want them to learn is the value of being involved in their communities."
The projects in which this year’s Good Provider winners were involved covered a range that included animal science, community study and service, family life and communications.
LSU AgCenter extension agent Beth Gambel of Orleans Parish said that range is indicative of the changes that have taken place in the 4-H program.
"The program has been regarded as something for rural children in the past, but now 4-H involves many more projects that appeal to everyone," she said.
The 2004 4-H Good Provider winners from across Louisiana were Jonas A. Augustine of St. Charles Parish; Jennifer Austin, Bienville Parish; Miranda Elizabeth Baker, Caddo; Maggie Duet, Lafourche; Richard C. Labranche Jr., Livingston; Alex Lassalle, Iberia; Sabre’ Masters, Ouachita; Kelsey L. McGill, St. Charles; Sara Menard, Caddo; Kristina Moore, Jefferson Davis; Jacob Poole, Cameron; Klancy Shope, Calcasieu; Lindsey Tassin, West Baton Rouge; and Chelsea Warren, Concordia.
In addition to the Good Provider winners, five winners in other 4-H contests also were recognized at the luncheon. Those were Colt Brister of Rapides Parish, who was recognized for his community study and service project work; Cody Curtis, Beauregard Parish, rabbits; Caitlin Morris, Lafourche, communication; Regina St. Amand, Evangeline, animal science; and Kristie Waddle, Beauregard, family life.
A group of adults who volunteer their time as 4-H leaders also were recognized for their outstanding service. Those winners from across the state were Kristie Blanchard, Iberia Parish; Donna Langlois, Pointe Coupee; Troy Mouton, Vermilion; and Debbie Wilds, Calcasieu.
The Good Provider winners were chosen by a panel of judges that traveled across the state reviewing applications and project records, as well as visiting with and interviewing contestants.
The contests and the three-day New Orleans trip were sponsored by the LSU AgCenter, New Orleans Agribusiness Council, American Sugar Cane League, New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana State Museum, Louisiana Cookin’ Magazine, C. Richard and Associates, Zemurray Foundation, New Orleans City Council, Pan American Life Insurance Co., Salomon Smith Barney and Entergy.
For additional information about the state 4-H program, contact your parish LSU AgCenter office or visit www.lsuagcenter.com.