Hundreds Of Youth Win At 4-H University

Thomas A. Merrill  |  6/24/2005 6:12:19 AM

News Release Distributed 06/23/05

BATON ROUGE – Young people from across Louisiana were named state winners and alternates in various contests Thursday night (June 23) at the final session of the LSU AgCenter’s 4-H University in Baton Rouge.

In addition, hundreds more were selected as blue-ribbon winners, and about 1,900 in all participated in the three-day series of educational events, contests, public-service activities and tours that are part of the annual 4-H event.

Formerly known as 4-H Short Course, this was the 91st annual gathering of young people from across the state and is considered one of the highlights of the LSU AgCenter’s 4-H youth development program.

Approximately 1,900 people – 1,600 youngsters and nearly 300 more adult leaders and volunteers – participated in the 4-H University events on the LSU campus June 21-24, 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 competition came in areas ranging from agricultural demonstrations to wildlife habitat judging and computer science to consumer decision-making.

But 4-H University also includes educational activities on topics ranging from good character to community service and coastal erosion to bioengineering for competitors and others simply interested in the educational experience. For example, this year’s Clover College – designed for those who did not compete but wanted to participate in intensive workshops – covered such topics as community service, leadership, entrepreneurship, team building, character, communications and making it in the "real world."

On top of the contests and educational sessions, young men and women from Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Richland, Vermilion and West Baton Rouge parishes were elected as state 4-H Executive Committee officers, and 16 youth from various areas were named regional representatives. Another four were honored as delegates to the National 4-H Conference.

The 4-H University gathering is one of the aspects of the LSU AgCenter’s 4-H Club program, which attempts to teach young people valuable life skills by involving them in educational projects and service activities. 4-H is the nationwide youth development program of the U.S. Land-Grant University System and throughout its history has tried 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."

Most of the first-place or state winners in about 43 different contests – which covered areas ranging from automotive safety to child development 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 Joe Coussan, Lafayette Parish, state president; Kenneth Barbee, Richland Parish, vice president; Melissa LaCour, Vermilion Parish, secretary/treasurer; Dawn Jason, West Baton Rouge Parish, historian/reporter; and Kevin Goebel, Jefferson Davis Parish, parliamentarian.

Other members of the Louisiana 4-H Executive Committee, who also were elected Thursday to represent the eight regions of the state, were Jonas Augustine, St. Charles Parish; Scotty Carroll, Sabine Parish; Katherine Coco, Tensas Parish; Lauren Guillot, Sabine Parish; Jaida Griffin, Vermilion Parish; Isreal Jackson, Lincoln Parish; Holly Jeter, Vernon Parish; Holly Johnson, Grant Parish; Brandon Jones, St. Bernard Parish; Catherine LaCour, Pointe Coupee Parish; Morgan Luter, Livingston Parish; Jay Marshall, East Baton Rouge Parish; Anna Normand, St. Landry Parish; Lauren Ogles, Ouachita Parish; Gregory Steiner, Iberia Parish; and Ben Walton, Union Parish.

National 4-H Conference delegates selected were Kathryn Barry, Lafayette Parish; Scotty Carroll, Sabine Parish; Melanie Maas, St. Bernard Parish; and Anna Normand, St. Landry Parish. The alternate delegate selected was Megan Albert of St. Martin Parish.

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

Ag Product Demonstration – State Winner: Chet Trahan, Jefferson Davis Parish. First Alternate: Ashlee Marceaux, Vermilion Parish.

Agriculture Demonstration Team – State Winners: Sarah Baldwin and John Strecker, East Baton Rouge Parish. First Alternates: Hannah Dickinson and Hayley Hollier, Pointe Coupee Parish.

ATV – State Winner: Andre Boudreaux, Lafayette Parish. First Alternate: Foster Lanie, Vermilion Parish.

Automotive Care, Safety and Driving (Individuals) – State Winner: Caitlin Morris, Lafourche Parish. First Alternate: Jenna Young, Evangeline Parish.

Automotive Care, Safety and Driving (Teams) – State Winners: James "Chris" Head and Caitlin Morris, Lafourche Parish. First Alternates: Jenna Young and Bryce Morein, Evangeline Parish.

Bicycle – State Winner: Benjamin Corda, Beauregard Parish. First Alternate: Ramzie Williams, St. Landry Parish.

Child Development – State Winner: Jessica Koch, Vermilion Parish. First Alternate: Morgan Luter, Livingston Parish.

Compact Tractor – State Winner: F. Joe Costanza, St. Landry Parish. First Alternate: Joshua Hippler, Sabine Parish.

Computer Science – State Winner: Jenny Hsu, Pointe Coupee Parish. First Alternate: Robert Esponge III, Iberia Parish.

Computer Simulation – State Winners: Brandon McWaters and Steven Johnson, Tangipahoa Parish. First Alternates: Garrett Lipsey, Jarred Martin and Meredith Vines, Concordia Parish.

Conservation Illustrated Talk – State Winner: Kendall Lemelle, Lafayette Parish. First Alternate: Tate Guillotte, Iberia Parish.

Consumer Decision Making – State Winners: Millie Devine, Amanda Glenn and Paige Haley, East Feliciana Parish. First Alternates: Jana Thompson, Ashley Chauvin and Amber Baudoin, Lafayette Parish.

Consumer Foods Judging – State Winners: Emily Berard and Lacey Boleyn, Lafayette Parish. First Alternates: Lindsey Rome, Jamie Ledet and Beth Melancon, Lafourche Parish.

Dairy Judging (Individuals) – State Winner: Jerry Martin, Lafourche Parish. First Alternate: Jena Richard, Lafayette Parish.

Dairy Judging (Teams) – State Winners: Meagan Hebert, Jerry Martin and John Martin, Lafourche Parish. First Alternates: Amber Latiolais, Jena Richard and Mia Granger, Lafayette Parish.

Diesel Equipment and Operations – State Winner: Jarrot Pommier, Vermilion Parish. First Alternate: Grant Fontenot, Evangeline Parish.

Dog Care – State Winner: Linda Richardson, Lincoln Parish. First Alternate: Anne Veillon, Calcasieu Parish.

Electric Energy Management – State Winner: Heather Cole, Assumption Parish. First Alternate: Stacey Ledoux, Vermilion Parish.

Entomology Demonstration Team – State Winners: Danielle Marcantel and Amanda Prejean, Evangeline Parish. First Alternates: Stephanie Carroll and Scotty Carroll, Sabine Parish.

Environmental Threat Resolution – State Winners: Brandi Hebert and Victoria Leblanc, Vermilion Parish. First Alternates: Ann Marie Mc Bride and Margie Mc Bride, Rapides Parish.

Family and Consumer Sciences Demonstration – State Winners: Leah Patout and Stephanie Duhon, Vermilion Parish. First Alternates: Sarah Fontenot and Tobi Parrott, Evangeline Parish.

Fashion Review/Casual Outfit – State Winner: Dillon Bruce, Bossier Parish. First Alternate: Stephanie Richard, Vermilion Parish.

Fashion Review/Creative Choice – State Winner: Keli Gros, Assumption Parish. First Alternate: Alicia Halterman, Madison Parish.

Fashion Review/Ready to Wear– State Winner: Holly Jeter, Vernon Parish. First Alternate: Amanda Cancienne, St. Bernard Parish.

Fashion Review/Sew with Cotton – State Winner: Dillon Bruce, Bossier Parish.

Fashion Review/Special Occasion – State Winner: Cassie Emerson, Bossier Parish. First Alternate: Katherine Willcox, Bossier Parish.

Forestry Study – State Winner: Cody Comeaux, East Baton Rouge Parish. First Alternate: Kelli Sepulvado, Sabine Parish.

Horticulture Demonstration/General – State Winners: Dulsey Leblanc and Sara Nielsen, St. Martin Parish. First Alternates: Torri Choate and Laney Marceaux, Vermilion Parish.

Horticulture Demonstration/Use – State Winners: Angela Schexnyder and Randi Menard, Vermilion Parish. First Alternates: Carrie Falke and Briana Horton, Allen Parish.

Horticulture Judging (Individuals) – State Winner: Claire Bollinger, Lafourche Parish. First Alternate: Angelle Pellerin, St. Mary Parish.

Horticulture Judging (Teams) – State Winners: Dillon Baronne, Claire Bollinger and Alyssa Hebert, Lafourche Parish. First Alternates: Lauren Stump, Adrain Lorenz and Kate Stump, Beauregard Parish.

Insect Identification and Survey – State Winner: Anna Greathouse, Calcasieu Parish. First Alternate: Andre’ St. Romain, Pointe Coupee Parish.

Livestock Judging (Individuals) – State Winner: Shawn Zeringue, Lafourche Parish. First Alternate: Brittani Davis, Lafourche Parish.

Livestock Judging (Teams) – State Winners: April Gaudet, Brittani Davis and Shawn Zeringue, Lafourche Parish. First Alternates: Monty Galley, John Ray Denison and R. Jake Whatley, Calcasieu Parish.

Meat Identification, Evaluation and Judging (Individuals) – State Winner: Maria Waguespack, Lafourche Parish. First Alternate: Rachel Benoit, Lafourche Parish.

Meat Identification, Evaluation and Judging (Teams) – State Winners: Maria Waguespack, Ciji Dupre and Rachel Benoit, Lafourche Parish. First Alternates: Samantha Ordoyne, Angelle Martin and Matthew Benoit, Lafourche Parish.

Nutrition Illustrated Talk/EFNEP – State Winners: Gregory L. Jones and Jeremy L. Reed, East Carroll Parish.

Nutrition Illustrated Talk/FNP – State Winners: Kenneth Barbee and Carly Gillett, Richland Parish. First Alternates: Naomi Mire and Springland Plowden, Vermilion Parish.

Outdoor Skills Triathlon (Individuals) – State Winner: Trent Saucier, Bossier Parish. First Alternate: Justin Canal, East Baton Rouge Parish.

Outdoor Skills Triathlon (Teams) – State Winners: Zebulon Kile, Derek Broadway and Sara Deen, Winn Parish. First Alternates: Justin Canal, Phillip Alford and Rachel Myers, East Baton Rouge Parish.

Personal Development – State Winner: Melissa Lacour, Vermilion Parish. First Alternate: Sarah Ledoux, Beauregard Parish.

Photography – State Winner: Jared Normand, St. Landry Parish. First Alternate: Mechelle Rouchon, East Feliciana Parish.

Plant Science (Individuals) – State Winner: Dylan Jason, West Baton Rouge Parish. First Alternate: Adrian Smith, Pointe Coupee Parish.

Plant Science (Teams) – State Winners: Ryan Courville, Todd Guidry and Shea Vidrine, Acadia Parish. First Alternates: Aaron Lee, Alida Richard and Kellyn Fleniken, Vermilion Parish.

Poultry Judging (Individuals) – State Winner: Brandi Foret, Lafourche Parish. First Alternate: Monica Benoit, Lafourche Parish.

Poultry Judging (Teams) – State Winners: Jordan Head, Ryan Saucier and Brandi Foret, Lafourche Parish. First Alternates: Kristen Naquin, Monica Benoit and Kourtney Rodrigue, Lafourche Parish.

Public Speaking/Cooperatives – State Winner: Katelyn Doumit, Iberia Parish. First Alternate: Justin Cantu, St. Martin Parish.

Public Speaking/Any Other Subject – State Winner: Elisa Istre, Lafourche Parish. First Alternate: Lesli Graft, West Baton Rouge Parish.

Small Engine Demonstration – State Winner: Colby Istre, Lafourche Parish. First Alternate: Zachary St. Romain, Avoyelles Parish.

Solutions Unlimited – State Winners: Lauren Mouton, Ashley Addison and Seth Richard, Vermilion Parish. First Alternates: Sh’lynn Carruthers, Alex Montgomery Gilliam and Crystal Faith Helton, Lincoln Parish.

Soybean Illustrated Talk – State Winner: Anna Normand, St. Landry Parish. First Alternate: Jada Talley, Jefferson Davis Parish.

Wildlife Habitat Judging – State Winner: Hao-Hsiang Chang, Pointe Coupee Parish. First Alternate: Lauren Diane Smith, Calcasieu Parish.


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

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