St. Martin 4-Hers Excel in 2012 State Competition 4-H University

Hope Guidry, Brumbaugh,LauraM.  |  7/18/2012 12:39:32 AM

4-H University

St. Martin 4-Her’s Excel in 2012 State Competition

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

4-H University was held on June 19-22, 2012 on Louisiana State University’s campus in Baton Rouge. Attending from St. Martin parish were 36 4-H members. Attending with the youth were 4-H agents Hope Guidry and Laura Brumbaugh and adult volunteers Megan Albert, Jeanise Bernard, Dina Theriot, Rebecca Clark, Herbert Boudreaux, and Reginald Hill.

This was the 98th year for the event, where 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 noncompetitive 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 noncompetitive option for youth.

The students participated in 43 contests, 12 Clover College educational sessions, or other educational programs. 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 14 participants in the mini college experience. They were Amber Bearb, Danielle Broussard, Kathryn Burkhardt, Kaitlyn Calais, Jessica Dupont, Rubin Hypolite, Korey Louis, Alexis Louviere, Kelci Louviere, Treven Malveaux, Lilian Nguyen, Brooke Savoie, Linsey Stelly, and Briana Theriot. The clover college sessions included: 4-H SIMSOC; Exploring the World of Sports; A Walk on the Wild Side: Renewable Resources 101; Forensics: The First 48; Let’s Eat for the Health of It; Journey of Self Discovery: Realizing Your Personality, Passions, and Purpose; LYFE: Living Your Financial Experience; Project Runway; Myth Versus Reality: There’s No Green Glow; Lights, Camera, Action! – Speak Out for Military Kids; Real Life Parliamentary Procedure; and Celebrating 200 Years in the Making: Happy Birthday Louisiana. This noncompetitive 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 session requires seven hours of instruction.

St. Martin parish had 22 members competing at 4-H University. They were Madelyn Babineaux, Elliott Bernard, Laural Blanchard, Justin Blanchard, Jeffrey Boudreaux, Jonathon Boudreaux, Carlie Calais, Morgan Dugas, Zachary Dupuis, Jordan Guidry, Dustin Hayes, Jonathan Johnson, Hannah Landry, Devin LeBlanc, Hali Louviere, Hannah Martin, Haley Newsome, Luke Patin, Garrett Richard, Scott Thibodeaux, Jacqueline Torkowski, and Maranda Wiltz.

The awards banquet was held on Tuesday, June 19th. Representing St. Martin parish were Hannah Martin, National 4-H Conference Delegate; Jordan Guidry, State Scholarship Winner; and Mr. Richard Lavergne, School Superintendent Award Winner.

On June 20th, state scholarship winners, Louisiana 4-H Hall of Fame inductees, and state board members were announced. Jordan Guidry was recognized for winning the Carl and Beulah Baldridge Scholarship and the Charles Fuselier Scholarship. Mrs. Elsie Castille was recognized as one of the twelve new inductees into the Louisiana 4-H Hall of Fame. Representing St. Martin parish on the various boards are: Science, Engineering and Technology (S.E.T.) Board members Justin Blanchard, Zachary Dupuis, and Devin LeBlanc; Executive Board (National 4-H Conference Delegate) member Hannah Martin; Citizenship Board members Hannah Landry and Hali Louviere; Shooting Sports Ambassador Garrett Richard, and Fashion Board member Carlie Calais. Voting delegates were Madelyn Babineaux and Jeffrey Boudreaux.

On June 21st, blue ribbons were handed out to those who excelled in their contests. Blue ribbon winners from St. Martin Parish included: Hali Louviere, 5th place in Soybean Illustrated Talk; Jonathon Boudreaux, 3rd place in Poultry Judging; Dustin Hayes, Jonathan Johnson, and Luke Patin, 3rd place in Outdoor Skills (Team); Luke Patin, State Winner in Outdoor Skills (Individual); Jonathan Johnson, 9th place in Outdoor Skills (Individual); Zachary Dupuis and Hannah Martin, 2nd place in Environmental Threat Resolution; Haley Newsome, 4th place in Environmental Conservation Illustrated Talk; Maranda Wiltz, 4th place in Dog Science; Justin Blanchard and Devin LeBlanc, 4th place in Computer Simulation; Morgan Dugas, 9th place in Child Development; Hannah Landry, 12th place in Child Development; and Laural Blanchard, 5th place in Ag Project Demonstrations.

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

Front Row (L to R):

Briana Theriot, Hannah Landry, Kelci Louviere, Rubin Hypolite, Justin Blanchard, Alexis Louviere, Morgan Dugas, Lilian Nguyen, Brooke Savoie, Jessica Dupont, Jonathon Boudreaux, Elliott Bernard, and Haley Newsome

Row 2:

Rebecca Clark, Linsey Stelly, Luke Patin, Dustin Hayes, Scott Thibodeaux, Jacqueline Torkowski, Maranda Wiltz, Kathryn Burkhardt, Danielle Broussard, Jeffrey Boudreaux, Treven Malveaux, Hali Louviere, and Amber Bearb

Row 3:

Laura Brumbaugh, Madelyn Babineaux, Jonathan Johnson, Garrett Richard, Jordan Guidry, Devin LeBlanc, Laural Blanchard, Zachary Dupuis, Hannah Martin, Carlie Calais, Korey Louis, and Reginald Hill

Row 4:

Dina Theriot, Jeanise Bernard, Kaitlyn Calais, Herbert Boudreaux, Megan Albert, and Hope Guidry

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