14 winners named at state 4-H Commodity Ambassador contests

Richard Bogren, Lavergne, Theresia  |  5/1/2012 8:06:14 PM

News Release Distributed 05/01/12

Fourteen 4-H members were winners in Louisiana State 4-H Commodity Ambassador contests April 24 on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge. In all, 75 4-H’ers from across the state competed in the chicken, egg, seafood, sugar and turkey contests.

The 4-H Commodity Ambassador Program is designed for education and enhancement of 4-H Club members, according to Theresia Lavergne, LSU AgCenter poultry specialist. The program provides an opportunity for 4-H’ers to increase their knowledge of agricultural commodities and improve their written and verbal communication skills.

The 2012 state winners are:

Chicken Ambassador

Division I (fourth- to sixth-graders) – Clay Zaunbrecher, Vermilion Parish

Division II (seventh- to ninth-graders) – Joshua Lessigne, Acadia Parish

Division III (10th- to 12th-graders) – Austin Gaspard, Vermilion Parish

Egg Ambassador

Division I (fourth- to sixth-graders) – Travyn Hargrave, Vermilion Parish

Division II (seventh- to ninth-graders) – Bret Lee, Vermilion Parish

Division III (10th- to 12th-graders) – Anne Catherine LeBlanc, Vermilion Parish

Seafood Ambassador

Division I (fourth- to sixth-graders) – Emily Phelps, Tangipahoa Parish

Division II (seventh- to ninth-graders) – Connor Waits, Vermilion Parish

Division III (10th- to 12th-graders) – Anne Catherine LeBlanc, Vermilion Parish

Sugar Ambassador

Division I (fourth- to sixth-graders) – Peter Harris, St. Martin Parish

Division II (seventh- to ninth-graders) – Erin Scott, Caldwell Parish

Division III (10th- to 12th-graders) – Leah Broussard, Vermilion Parish

Turkey Ambassador

Division I (fourth- to sixth-graders) – Joel Thompson, Lafayette Parish

Division II (seventh- to ninth-graders) – Caroline Hardy, Jefferson Davis Parish

Division III (10th- to 12th-graders) – Courtney Troxclair, Lafourche Parish

The winners in Divisions I and II of the chicken, egg, seafood and turkey contests won $100 savings bonds.

The winners in Division III of the chicken, egg, and turkey contests won trips to represent Louisiana at the National 4-H Poultry & Egg Conference in Louisville, Ky., in November.

The winners in Division III of the seafood and sugar contests won 4-H education trips to San Antonio, Texas, in July.

The sponsors of the 4-H Commodity Ambassador Programs are the Louisiana Poultry Federation, the Louisiana Egg Commission, the Louisiana Seafood and Marketing Board, the American Society of Sugarcane Technologists and the Louisiana 4-H Foundation.

Rick Bogren

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