Youth From Across Louisiana Win At 4-H University

Terril D. Faul, Merrill, Thomas A.

News Release Distributed 6/25/04  

BATON ROUGE – Young people from across Louisiana were named state winners and alternates in various contests Thursday night (June 24) at the final session of the LSU AgCenter’s "4-H University" in Baton Rouge.

Formerly known as 4-H Short Course, this was the 90th annual gathering of young people from across the state. This year’s expanded 4-H University also included a variety of educational events for contest participants, as well as a Clover College designed for those who did not compete but wanted to participate in intensive workshops on topics such as citizenship, technology, science, leadership, volunteerism, character education and preparing for the world of work.

In addition to the contests and educational sessions, young men and women from Sabine, St. John, Vernon, Vermilion and Washington parishes were elected as state 4-H Executive Committee officers, while 16 youth from various areas were named regional representatives. Another four were honored as delegates to the National 4-H Conference.

More than 1,800 people – nearly 1,600 young people and hundreds more adult leaders and volunteers – from across the state participated in the 4-H University events on the LSU campus June 22-25, which included competition for trips and prizes, educational activities and personal development sessions, as well as the election of state 4 H officers and district representatives.

The gathering is one of the highlights for 4-H members in Louisiana. 4-H is the youth development program of the nation’s land-grant university system and is a dynamic effort designed to help young people and their families improve their quality of life.

"4-H is a unique program made up of outstanding young people," said LSU AgCenter Chancellor Bill Richardson. "This annual gathering provides some of those young people from across Louisiana with the opportunity to visit the state’s flagship university, to meet new people and to test their knowledge and skills – all while having fun. And we think this year’s enhanced events have provided even more of those opportunities."

Most of the first-place or state winners in about 43 different contests – which covered areas ranging from child development to computer science and from environmental threats to public speaking – were awarded educational trips or opportunities to compete in regional or national events.

The Louisiana 4-H officers elected Thursday were: Ramona Bailey, St. John Parish, president; Scotty Carroll, Sabine, vice president; Holly Jeter, Vernon, secretary/treasurer; Victoria LeBlanc, Vermilion, historian/reporter; and Michalyn Hebert, West Baton Rouge, parliamentarian.

Other members of the Louisiana 4-H Executive Committee, who also were elected Thursday to represent the eight regions of the state, were: Kenneth Barbee of Richland Parish; Madalyn Cates, Sabine; Chelsea Crum, Concordia; Kathleen Duncan, Morehouse; Cassie Emerson, Bossier; Cory Fayard, St. Bernard; Mason Hess, Avoyelles; Melissa LaCour, Vermilion; Renee LeBlanc, St. Martin; Jay Marshall, East Baton Rouge; Cody Mason, Union; Christopher Mott, Claiborne; Katie Pellittieri, St. Bernard; Drew Puissegur, Acadia; Rebecca Robertson, St. Helena; and Gregory Steiner, Iberia.

National 4-H Conference delegates honored were Joe Coussan of Lafayette Parish; Dawn Jason, West Baton Rouge; Melissa LaCour, Vermilion and Victoria LeBlanc, Vermilion.

In the 4-H University contests, state winners and first alternates from across Louisiana were:

Ag Product Demonstration – State Winner: Shanna Falke, Allen Parish. First Alternate: Ashlee Marceaux, Vermilion Parish.

Agriculture Demonstration Team – State Winners: Danielle Marcantel and Amanda Prejean, Evangeline Parish. First Alternate: Tori Herpin and Jared Broussard, Vermilion Parish.

Automotive Care, Safety and Driving (Individuals) — State Winner: Justin Choate, Vermilion Parish. First Alternate: Cord Folse, Lafourche Parish.

Automotive Care, Safety and Driving (Teams) – State Winners: Mark Carriere and Cord Folse, Lafourche Parish. First Alternates: Justin Choate and Jason Patout, Vermilion Parish.

Child Development – State Winner: Amanda Glen, East Feliciana Parish. First Alternate: Rochelle Grant, East Baton Rouge Parish.

Club Reporter – State Winner: Jenny Hsu, Pointe Coupee. First Alternate: Amy Pellittieri, St. Bernard Parish.

Compact Tractor – State Winner: Blaise Istre, Vermilion Parish. First Alternate: F. Joe Costanza, St. Landry Parish.

Computer Science – State Winner: Phillip Alday, St. Charles Parish. First Alternate: Esquire Hennigan, Natchitoches Parish.

Computer Simulation – State Winners: Clarence Tassin Jr. and Carl Burrhus, St. John Parish. First Alternates: Crystal Tucker, Katie Pellittieri and Brandon Jones, St. Bernard Parish.

Conservation Demonstration Team – State Winner: Becky Lorio, Pointe Coupee Parish. First Alternate: Anna Normand, St. Landry Parish.

Consumer Decision Making – State Winners: Megan Almond, K’lanie Almond and Callie Almond, Webster Parish. First Alternates: Kaitlin Greene, Kelly Marceaux and Laranda Miller, Vermilion Parish.

Consumer Foods Judging – State Winners: Erin Bertrand, Amanda Mcleod and Jessa Mayard, Vermilion Parish. First Alternates: Lindsey Rome, Jamie Ledet and Beth Melancon, Lafourche Parish.

Dairy Judging (Individuals) – State Winner: Tracie Montoucet, Lafayette. First Alternate: Megan Hebert, Lafourche Parish.

Dairy Judging (Teams) – State Winners: Amanda Magnon, Shelly Martin and Tracie Montoucet, Lafayette. First Alternates: Ashley Sylestine, Danielle Langley and Chelsie Bertrand, Jeff Davis Parish.

Diesel Equipment and Operations – State Winner: Brett Cavaliere, West Baton Rouge Parish. First Alternate: Stephen Simoneaux, Assumption Parish.

Dog Care – State Winner: Ellen Gauthreaux, West Baton Rouge Parish. First Alternate: Meghan Patterson, Pointe Coupee Parish.

Electric Energy Management – State Winner: Chet Trahan, Jeff Davis Parish. First Alternate: Charlie Earl, Allen Parish.

Entomology Demonstration Team – State Winners: Christian Guillory and Jeanne Lyons, Jeff Davis Parish. First Alternate: Katie Jones and Jessica Windham, West Baton Rouge Parish.

Environmental Threat Resolution – State Winners: Serena Richard and Joby Richard, Cameron Parish. First Alternate: Claire Lege and Brittany Meaux, Vermilion Parish.

Fashion Review/Casual Outfit – State Winner: Sara Taylor (also the Sew with Cotton winner) Cameron Parish. First Alternate: Kelly Fletcher, Ouachita Parish.

Fashion Review/Creative Choice – State Winner: Briana Horton, Allen Parish. First Alternate: Michelle Dopp, Sabine Parish.

Fashion Review/Ready to Wear– State Winner: Tiffany Vidrine, Evangeline Parish. First Alternate: Codi Cooper, Calcasieu Parish.

Fashion Review/Special Occasion – State Winner: Alicia Halterman, Madison Parish. First Alternate: Kaci Jasmin, St. John Parish.

Family and Consumer Sciences Demonstration – State Winners: Ashlynn Hargrave and Sara Granger, Vermilion Parish. First Alternates: Mackenzie Kellogg and Tiffany Bates, Bossier Parish.

Foods and Nutrition – State Winner: Melissa Lacour, Vermilion Parish. First Alternate: Kevin Goebel, Jeff Davis Parish.

Forestry Study – State Winner: Jennifer Martin, Rapides Parish. First Alternate: Michelle Monier, Evangeline Parish.

Horticulture Demonstration/General – State Winner: Matthew Bernard, Avoyelles Parish. First Alternates: Sara Nielsen and Dulsey Leblanc, St. Martin Parish.

Horticulture Demonstration/Use

– State Winners: Brandi Hebert and Victoria Leblanc, Vermilion Parish. First Alternate: Carrie Falke, Allen Parish.

Horticulture Judging (Individuals) – State Winner: Cody Turner, Lafayette Parish. First Alternate: Candace Rivet, Pointe Coupee Parish.

Horticulture Judging (Teams) – State Winners: Catherine Lacour, Candave Rivet and Andre’ St. Romain, Pointe Coupee Parish. First Alternate: Claire Bollinger, Foye Lirette and Dillion Baronne, Lafourche Parish.

Insect Identification and Survey – State Winner: Aaron Martin, Rapides Parish. First Alternate: Steele Welch, Pointe Coupee Parish.

Livestock Judging (Individuals) – State Winner: Jarrod Andrus, Vermilion Parish. First Alternate: Mia Granger, Lafayette.

Livestock Judging (Teams) – State Winners: Amber Latiolais, Jena Richard and Mia Granger, Lafayette Parish. First Alternates: Ashley Landry, April Gaudet and Amanda Bourgeois, Lafourche Parish.

Meat Identification, Evaluation and Judging (Individuals) – State Winner: Jordan Head, Lafourche Parish. First Alternate: Kyle Albarado, Lafayette.

Meat Identificaton, Evaluation and Judging (Teams) – State Winners: Kourtney Rodrigue, Monica Benoit and Jordan Head, Lafourche Parish. First Alternates: Jeffrey Lagarde, Ciji Dupre and Maria Waguespack, Lafourche Parish.

Nutrition Illustrated Talk/EFNEP – State Winners: Asia Jordan and Whitney Allen, Iberville Parish. First Alternates: Hannah Bouy and Kristi Guerin, West Baton Rouge Parish.

Nutrition Illustrated Talk/FNP – State Winners: Ashley Armstrong and Mercedes German, Morehouse. First Alternates: Brittany Hammond and Latoya Jones, Pointe Coupee Parish.

Outdoor Skills – State Winners: Justin Anderson, Cody Compton and Anna Washington, Bossier Parish. First Alternates: Corey Roth, Hunter Hebert and Dylon Landry, Iberville Parish.

Personal Development – State Winner: Jules Breaux, Vermilion Parish. First Alternate: Joe Coussan, Lafayette.

Photography – State Winner: Caitlin Morris, Lafourche Parish. First Alternate: Branden Leger, Iberia Parish.

Plant Science (Individuals) – State Winner: Leonard Hebert, Vermilion Parish. First Alternate: Shea Vidrine, Acadia Parish.

Plant Science (Teams) – State Winners: Colin Goodman, Drew Parks and Jeremy Debetaz, Point Coupee Parish. First Alternates: William Hardee, Leonard Hebert and Kellyn Fleniken, Vermilion Parish.

Poultry Judging (Individuals) – State Winner: Sandi Cortez, Lafourche Parish. First Alternate: Angelle Martin, Lafourche Parish.

Poultry Judging (Teams) – State Winners: Sandi Cortez, Katie Authement and Angelle Martin, Lafourche Parish. First Alternates: Ryan Saucier, Haley Skeans and Jenna Martin, Lafourche Parish.

Public Speaking/Cooperatives — State Winner: Erin Judice, Iberia Parish. First Alternate: Candace Abshire, Vermilion Parish.

Public Speaking/Any Other Subject – State Winner: Rodney Smith, Franklin Parish. First Alternate: Jonathan Coats, West Feliciana Parish.

Sheap Shearing – State Winner: Matt Ramagos, Iberville Parish. First Alternate: Cody Firmin, Pointe Coupee Parish.

Small Engine Demonstration – State Winner: Brittani Davis, Lafourche Parish. First Alternate: Michael Goree, St. Martin Parish.

Solutions Unlimited Team – State Winners: Brittany Lurry, Micah Harrell and Tyler Cater, Catahoula Parish. First Alternate: Ashley Addison, Austin Duhon and Ryan Ricard, Vermilion Parish.

Soybean Illustrated Talk – State Winner: Kristina Moore, Jefferson Davis Parish. First Alternate: Katherine Coco, Tensas Parish.

Wildlife Habitat Judging – State Winner: Amanda Leblanc, Iberville Parish. First Alternate: Justin Benefield, Natchitoches.


Writer: Tom Merrill at (225) 578-2263 or

4/19/2005 10:29:17 PM
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