2011 4-H University

Hope Guidry  |  6/30/2011 8:43:48 PM

St. Martin 4-H'ers Excel in State 4-H Competition

4-H University yields a variety of learning opportunities for St. Martin parish participants.

4-H University was held on June 21-24, 2011, on Louisiana State University’s campus in Baton Rouge, La. Attending from St. Martin parish were 36 4-H members. Attending with the youth were 4-H agents Hope Guidry and Tremaine P. Rossyion and adult volunteers Megan Albert, Jeanise Bernard, Dina Theriot, Rebecca Clark, Erica Poirier, John Stelly, and Rodney Potier.

This was the 97th year for the event, at which more than 1,600 Louisiana 4-H members and volunteer leaders converged on the LSU campus. Nearly 1,400 youth participated in either competitive or non competitive educational events. This annual event allows for youth to engage in hands on learning opportunities, explore future careers, practice service to others and increase communication and teamwork skills.

During the day, members participated in contests and educational activities or Clover College, a non-competitive option for youth.

The students participated in 43 contests, 12 Clover College educational tracks or other educational programs including 4-H Has Talent, Computer Simulation, Dog Care, Livestock Judging, Fashion Review, Sports Broadcasting and Outdoor Skills. Over $100,000 in scholarships and educational trips were awarded to deserving youth from across Louisiana.

In addition to competing in a contest, members must attend educational activities during their free time. They could choose to tour among other things a dairy farm, a children’s ward of a hospital, LSU athletic facilities, or the Baton Rouge culinary institute.

Clover College is an experience for participants to strengthen communication skills and learn while participating in fun and interactive sessions. St. Martin parish had 12 participants in the mini college experience. They were Cameron Allemond, Amber Bearb, Morgan Dugas, Jacques Fontenot, Ashli Gachassin, Cori Gauthier, Seth Gauthier, Ashtin Mouton, Keiondra Mouton, Linsey Stelly, Paige Stewart and Briana Theriot. The clover college tracks included Exploring the World of Sports, Project Runway, Lights,Camera Action!, OMG-I Can’t Believe You Did That, Make Your Health Rock. This non competitive option allows youth an opportunity to learn about program development, future career choices and gain leadership and social skills while developing an action plan to develop programs in the parish. Each track requires seven hours of instruction.

St. Martin parish had 24 members competing at 4-H University. They are Elliott Bernard, Chase Bijeaux, Laural Blanchard, Seth Breaux, Kathryn Burkhardt, Robert Burkhardt, Carlie Calais, Anissa Champagne, Zachary Dupuis, Ashley Dupuy, Jacqueline Fett, Jordan Guidry, Dustin Hayes, Jonathan Johnson, Hannah Landry, Devin LeBlanc, Hannah Martin, Cody Melancon, Haley Newsome, Lilian Nguyen, Luke Patin, Courtney Poirier, Adele Richard, and Scott Thibodeaux.

On Tuesday, June 21, keynote speaker was the Louisiana Secretary of State. The scholarship awards banquet was held that evening and representing St. Martin parish was Robert Burkhardt.

On June 22, state board members were announced. Representing St. Martin parish on the Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) Board is Jordan Guidry and Zachary Dupuis; the Executive Board National 4-H Conference Delegate Hannah Martin; the Southwest Regional Representative Laural Blanchard; the Citizenship Board Hannah Landry; the Fashion Board is Carlie Calais. Voting delegates were Kathryn Burkhardt and Adele Richard.

On June 23, Blue ribbons were handed out to those who placed in their contests. Chancellor Bill Richardson spoke with youth and parents before the winners were announced. Blue ribbon winners from St. Martin Parish are Hannah Landry 6th in Child Development; Devin LeBlanc and Jordan Guidry 6th in Computer Simulation (Team); Cody Melancon 5th in Diesel Operations; Ashley Dupuy 10th in Dog Science Contest; Hannah Martin and Zachary Dupuis 3rd in Environmental Threat (Team); Adele Richard 10th in Fashion Review-Special Occasion; Courtney Poirier 6th in Forestry; Dustin Hayes 9th in Outdoor Skills (Individual); Luke Patin 4th in Outdoor Skills (Individual); Dustin Hayes, Jonathan Johnson, and Luke Patin 10th Outdoor Skills (Team); Robert Burkhardt 5th in Poultry Judging; Lilian Nguyen 6th in Public Speaking Coop; Haley Newsome and Seth Breaux 7th in Solutions Unlimited.

The Louisiana 4-H Program is an educational program of the LSU AgCenter. For more information about the LSU AgCenter visit www.lsuagcenter.com.

Front Row (L to R):Tremaine P. Rossyion, Briana Theriot, Lilian Nguyen, Hannah Landry, Elliot Bernard, Ashli Gachassin, Jacques Fontenet, and John Stelly,

Row 2: Dina Theriot, Jeanise Bernard, Ashley Dupuy, Cori Gauthier, Cameron Allemond, Rebecca Clark.

Row 3: Morgan Dugas, Haley Newsome, Luke Patin, Dustin Hayes, and Keiondra Mouton.

Row 4: Erica Poirier, Kathryn Burkhardt, Robert Burkhardt, Ashtin Mouton, Devin LeBlanc, and Megan Albert.

Row 5: Hope Guidry, Scott Thibodeaux, Johnathan Johnson, Paige Stewart, Hannah Martin, Anissa Champagne, Carlie Calais, Seth Gauthier, Seth Breaux, and Cody Melancon.

Back Row: Courtney Poirier, Adele Richard, Jacqueline Fett, Zachary Dupuis, Chase Bijeaux, Laural Blanchard, and Jordan Guidry.

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