February 2023 - 4-H Youth Development Newsletter

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4-H Family Highlight

Mr. Gabriel LoCoco - St. Charles Parish LSU AgCenter Horticulture Agent

What do you love most about 4-H?

I love how 4-H can let you explore future careers through projects, contests, and educational trips.

What are you looking forward to doing in 4-H this year?

Going to 4-H Summer Camp!

What do you want other people to know about 4-H?

I want people to know how important the people you will meet in this program will be in your future career and lifestyle.

What is your favorite 4-H memory?

Whitewater rafting in Tennessee


This section is dedicated to 4-H frequently asked questions and answers from your 4-H Agent.

What do you do at 4-H Camp, and where do I find information?

4-H Camp is a 4-day, 3-night adventure for current 4th-6th grade 4-H members. During this overnight event, campers enjoy participating in hands-on educational tracks, recreation rotations, and free time with friends from St. Charles Parish as well as other parish 4-H members from throughout the state. Applications are posted in your school 4-H club’s Google Classroom and our LSU AgCenter website. The application includes a link to a website with more information and specifics for 4-H camp.

What do I do if I have questions about 4-H Camp or 4-H University?

Your 4-H Agent, Dr. Kali Zammit, has been to both of these events as a 4-H’er, counselor, adult volunteer, and now as a 4-H Agent. She has a lot of years of experience with both events and would be happy to answer any questions.

Calendar of Events


8: 4-H Culinary Arts Contest Submission Day; Jr. Leader Mtg.

21: LSU AgCenter Office closed


22: 4-H Culinary Arts Contest Submission Day; Jr. Leader Mtg.


7: LSU AgCenter Office Closed

20: 4-H Achievement Day

22: 4-H Trash Bash


9: 4-H Regional Culinary Arts Contest

*Read newsletter for other important dates and 4-H opportunities.

LEGOs and Leadership Lessons

This year our monthly 4-H lessons will focus on two of our 4-H mission mandates: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and Civic Engagement (Leadership). At your club meeting or at home, try the activities below to learn more.

Lego Challenge Activity: Pull & Push / Motion

For the STEM activity each month, you will have a LEGO activity challenge that will accompany an optional story. You may use LEGOs or comparable blocks or items for each challenge. These lessons are adapted from the 4-H LEGO Engineering Club: Enchanted Builds (Vol. 3) from Mississippi State Extension. Monthly LEGO Lesson: Motion; Optional Video: Activity Example LEGO Challenge: Using approximately 100 LEGOs or less, LEGO wheels and axels, and a balloon, create a car that you think will travel the farthest using motion. Reflection: What adjustments do you think would have helped your build?

4-H Teamwork Activity: Public Speaking and Demonstrations

Cooperation is important because it allows people and groups to work together to achieve a common goal. This month we will focus on cooperation during the activity. The group will be given a stack of cups and rubber bands. The group will be challenged with stacking the cups in a pyramid form using only the rubber bands without talking. Reflection: Discuss why cooperation was important during this activity. How can you apply this concept to your life?

Make Your Best Better with 4-H!

Take time this month to try something new to make your best even better! Check out our upcoming 4-H activities that encourage you to use your head for clearer thinking, your heart for greater loyalty, your hands for larger service, and your health for better living! There is something for everyone in 4-H, so venture out and try something new today!

Monthly St. Charles Parish 4-H Highlights

Photography Contest: (Animals)

K-3rd grade: Participation: Charlee Badgerow (CCC); Joseph Deslatte (ESE); Hayden Hogan (LWE); Vieira Valenti (LWE); Annalise Ward (CCC); Dalton Zammit (CCC); 1st: Beau Kimble (ESE); 2nd: Rhyan Rodriguez (ESE); 3rd: MacKenzie Bellanger (JBM); Blue Ribbon: Nollie Arcement (ESE); Leilani Wilson (ESE); Elleanna Arcement (LWE); Green Ribbon: Kaley Yates (LWE); Coralyn Young (JBM); Braeden Young (RJV); 7th – 8th grade: 1st: Ethan Bellanger (JBM); 2nd: Claire Green (MAL); 9th – 12th grade: 1st: Lee Arcement, Jr. (JL); 2nd: Sarah Green (MAL)

All-Around Style Contest:

K-3rd grade: Participation: Vieira Valenti (LWE); 4th – 6th grade: 1st: Jade Portillo (JBM); 2nd: MacKenzie Bellanger (JBM); 3rd: Kaley Yates (LWE); Blue Ribbon: Christine Thomas (SCB5); 7th-8th grade: 1st: Ethan Bellanger (JBM)

4-H Talent Show Contest:

K – 3rd grade: Participation: Elise Troxclair (RJV); Vieira Valenti (LWE) 4th – 6th grade: 1st: Evan Bergeron (LWE); 2nd: Oliver Henry (ESE); 3rd: Kaley Yates (LWE); Blue Ribbon: Olivia Arrant (SCB5); MacKenzie Bellanger (JBM); 7-8th grade: 1st: Ethan Bellanger (JBM)

4-H Pet Show Contest:

K – 3rd grade: Participation: Vivian Champagne (LWE); Joseph Deslatte (ESE); Hayden Hogan (LWE); Vieira Valenti (LWE); 1st: Claire Champagne (LWE); 2nd: Hailey Hafford (SCB5); 3rd: Olivia Arrant (SCB5); Blue Ribbon: Evan Bergeron (LWE)

4-H Culinary Arts Contest:

Commodity: Poultry:

Category: Chicken: *1st: Ethan Bellanger (JBM); 2nd: Nollie Arcement (JBM); 3rd: Lee Arcement, Jr. (JL); Blue Ribbon: Ashton Adams (RJV); Elleanna Arcement (LWE)

Category: Turkey: 1st: MacKenzie Bellanger (JBM)

Commodity: Wild Game

Category: Fowl: 1st: Lee Arcement, Jr. (JL)

Category: : Other: 1st – Nollie Arcement (JBM)

* Outstanding Dish

**Was not registered in 4-H Online at time of judging. Award will be presented after 4-H Online enrollment is submitted and approved.

Save the Dates – Summer 4-H Activities

Consider extending your 4-H adventure throughout the summer by joining us for one of the adventures listed below! If you have any questions, please contact the LSU AgCenter office or your 4-H Agent, Dr. Kali Zammit.

4-H Summer Camp at Camp Grant Walker for 4th-6th graders of the 2022-2023 school year - June 12-15, 2023

*4-H Camp applications are posted to school 4-H club’s Google Classroom and our LSU AgCenter website.

4-H University at LSU for 8th – 12th graders of the 2022-2023 school year - June 20-23, 2023

*More information on 4-H University is coming soon!

Visit us at: www.lsuagcenter.com/stcharles • www.facebook.com/scp4h • Instagram @scp4h

Save the Dates for Parish 4-H Events

St. Charles Parish 4-H hosts major parish events open to all 4-H members. Attendance will be taken at all events. Participation in multiple events will increase opportunities for awards presented at 4-H Achievement Day. Please save the dates and be on the lookout for more information regarding these events in the monthly newsletter.

4-H Achievement Day

Awards Recognition Program

*by invitation only

April 20, 2023

4-H Trash Bash

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) Program

April 22, 2023

*Note Date Change to align with Parish Trash Bash Date

Save the Dates for Summer!

June 12-15, 2023

4-H Camp (for 4th-6th grade members)

June 20-23, 2023

4-H University (for 8th-12th grade members)

St. Charles Parish 4-H Monthly Contests

Contact 4-H Agent for Project Club Information

For more information or to join any of the project clubs listed below, please contact the St. Charles Parish LSU AgCenter Office at 985-785-4473 or kzammit@agcenter.lsu.edu.

  • 4-H Cloverbud Community Club - for all K-3rd grade students
  • 4-H CHEF (Cooking, Healthy Eating, & Fitness) Club - for all 4th-6th grade students
  • 4-H Jr. Leader Club - – for all 7th–12th grade students
  • 4-H Fashion Club - - for all 4th-12th grade students
  • 4-H Shooting Sports Club - for students 10 years old through 12th grade (Registration is closed for 4-H Shooting Sports for this year.)

4-H Photography Contest

Do you enjoy taking pictures? Consider entering the 4-H Photography Contest! Throughout the upcoming months, take pictures of the topic listed below. Contest rules are as follows:

  • Must be 4-H member (K-12th grade to enter). Must only enter one photo per category. Photo must be taken during the 2022-2023 year by the 4-H’er. All photos are due by the last day of the specified month. Early entries are accepted. No late entries.
  • By submitting photo, you agree to release photo to publish in 4-H promotional material including but not limited to websites, social media, newspapers, and newsletters.
  • Ribbons will be awarded to all participants at their 4-H club meeting. Photos will be posted on the 4-H Facebook page for People’s Choice award based on votes in spring.
  • Submit all monthly entries through the 4-H Photography Contest Online Form.

*Note: To receive an award or recognition for any parish 4-H contest, the 4-H member must be registered and approved through 4-H Online.

4-H Photography Contest Categories:

February – Still Life (Photo of inanimate object or group of objects)

4-H Beef Poster Contest

Complete rules for the 4-H Beef Poster Contest are listed in the January edition of the St. Charles Parish 4-H Youth Development Newsletter. Entries are due to 4-H School Leaders or LSU AgCenter Office by February 28, 2023. If submitting to the LSU AgCenter Office, call 985-785-4473 to schedule drop off. No late entries will be accepted.

*Note: To receive an award or recognition for any parish 4-H contest, the 4-H member must be registered and approved through 4-H Online.

4-H STEM LEGO Design Challenge

This year’s 4-H club lessons focused on STEM, which includes various LEGO building challenges. This contest is designed to put your knowledge to the test by having you create your own LEGO design.

Your LEGO Challenge: Create a LEGO scene and/or object that allows a LEGO minifigure to use his/her hands to larger service to help the community. You must be able to describe the scenario, your design, and how your design can help the community. . (You may use LEGOs or similar building material in your design.)

Complete the 4-H STEM LEGO Design Challenge Contest Form by March 31, 2023. Contest submissions may be submitted early. No late submissions will be accepted.

*Note: To receive an award or recognition for any parish 4-H contest, the 4-H member must be registered and approved through 4-H Online.

Stay Updated with St. Charles Parish 4-H News

This year St. Charles Parish 4-H is providing several venues for 4-H members and families to stay updated with 4-H News.

St. Charles Parish

LSU AgCenter Website


Visit this page and click on the 4-H tab for articles and updates including 4-H newsletters, contests, and upcoming opportunities.

St. Charles 4-H Facebook Page


Like or Follow this page for daily posts, updates, and resources.

St. Charles 4-H Instagram @scp4h

Follow us on Instagram for highlights and announcements.

Google Classroom or Microsoft Teams

Many school clubs will use Google Classroom to communicate with their 4-H’ers. Our parish 4-H Community Clubs and members-atlarge club will use Microsoft Teams to communicate with 4-H‘ers. See your 4-H Club Leader for information on how to gain access to these communication tools.

Things to do for 4-H this month

4-H Senior Honor Cord and Senior Jacket Awards – Awards for current 12th grade members

Current graduating senior 4-H members may apply to receive a 4-H honor cord to wear for graduation and a 4-H senior jacket to wear to show off their 4-H accomplishments. Complete the St. Charles Parish 4-H Senior Jacket Application online to apply for the senior jacket award. To apply for the honor cord, visit the Louisiana 4-H Honor Cord Application Website. Parish Application deadline: Friday, February 3, 2023.

4-H Junior Leadership Conference (JLC) – Adventure for current 8th-12th grade members - Estimated $50 fee (TBD)

This is a conference hosted by youth leaders of the Louisiana 4-H Executive Board. There is a limited number of youth who may attend. To receive more information on this opportunity, contact your 4-H Agent for an application. . Parish Application deadline: Friday, February 3, 2023.

Louisiana 4-H Foundation Scholarships – Scholarship applications for graduating senior 4-H members

Graduating senior members may apply for scholarships toward continuing education. Contact the 4-H Agent at kzammit@agcenter.lsu.edu to receive an application for this and future 4-H scholarships. Parish Application deadline for LA 4-H Foundation Scholarship: February 17, 2023.

4-H Camp – Overnight adventure for current 4th-6th grade 4-H members - $190.00 fee; additional purchases available

This 4-day, 3-night overnight adventure is held June 12-15, 2023 at Camp Grant Walker in Pollock, La. Campers select a hands-on, educational track and participate in recreational activities including swimming, line dancing, canoeing, archery, and more. Contact the 4-H Agent with questions. See your 4-H Agent, 4-H Leader, your 4-H Google Classroom, or LSU AgCenter website for applications. Application deadline: March 24, 2023.

4-H University – Overnight adventure for current 8th-12th grade 4-H members - Fees to be determined

4-H University features state-wide contests and more for 8th-12th grade 4-H members. 4-H University has several contests and opportunities for youth. To receive more information, complete the 4-H U Online Interest Form by March 24, 2023.

Upcoming 4-H Events for St. Charles Parish

4-H Dairy Poster Contest Rules

Rules for the 4-H Dairy Poster Contest are as follows: (Entries are due to 4-H School Leader or LSU AgCenter Office by March 31, 2023. If submitting to LSU AgCenter Office, call 985- 785-4473 to schedule drop off. No late entries will be accepted.)

  • Open to 4-H members K- 12th grade. Only 4th-12th grade members are eligible to move on to the state level. Members who already won 1st place at the state level may compete on the parish level but will not advance to state if competing in the same division in which they won at the state level.
  • Poster must be 22” x 28” regular poster board size only. 4-H club members are to draw a billboard that encourages or promotes the consumption of milk and milk products from dairy cattle only and their importance for health.
  • Do not attach anything to the poster that is more than 1/2” thick. Do not use the commercial brand names of products on the poster. Do not use jingles, slogans, signs, or pictures that are trademark or copyright protected on the poster.
  • Print your name, address, grade in school, and parish on the back, upper righthand corner of the poster.
  • Eligible 1st place posters will be submitted to the state competition for judging and become the property of the LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service and will be displayed at statewide events.
  • Divisions include the following: Cloverbuds (Grades K-3), Elementary (Grades 4 – 6), Middle (Grades 7 – 8), and High School Poster (Grades 9 – 12).
  • State level winners will receive the following: 1st place ($100 check), 2nd place ($75 check), and 3rd place ($50 check) sponsored by the Louisiana Dairy Industry Promotion Board and the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service.

*Note: To receive an award or recognition for any parish 4-H contest, the 4-H member must be registered and approved through 4-H Online.

4-H Culinary Arts Contest (For 4th-12th graders)

This year we would like to encourage all 4-H members to participate in at least one culinary arts contest. These contests are intended to help our 4-H members grow in their cooking experience and skill level while enjoying quality time with families who assist them with the safety rules and sharing of traditional family recipes. This year the 4-H Culinary Arts contest will be split into 5 submission dates. Members will bring 2 servings of their dish on the designated day and times to the St. Charles Parish LSU AgCenter Office. Members will also need to complete the 4-H Culinary Arts Registration Form by the submission date to be considered for judging. All rules are posted on the online registration form.

Submission dates for our Culinary Arts Contests are as follows:

  • Wednesday, February 8, 2023: Beef
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2023: Seafood

4-H members will be allowed to bring 2 servings of their dish in a sealed, non-returnable container on the date specified between 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the St. Charles Parish LSU AgCenter Office, which is located at 453 Spruce Street in Norco, La.

See online form for specific rules and details for the event.

*Note: To receive an award or recognition for any parish 4-H contest, the 4-H member must be registered and approved through 4-H Online.

Upcoming 4-H Events for St. Charles Parish

4-H Record Books due March 31, 2023

4-H Record Books (which is your 4-H Portfolio plus your 4-H project book) are due March 31, 2023 to your 4-H Club Leader. No late entries will be accepted. This year 4-H members will be awarded prizes based on completion of your 4-H Record Book. For every level that you complete, you will receive a 4-H prize for that level for the chance to achieve 5 prizes for completing Level 5.

*Quality of 4-H Records will be considered for prize level awards and State Contest Awards.

LevelsLevel 1Level 2Level 3Level 4Level 5
Sections and Pages Section 1
(Personal Data and 4-H and You)
Level 1
Section 6 (My 4-H Story)
Level 1-2 and at least 5 entries in any of Sections 2- 5 (List as much as you can in these sections.) Level 1-3 and Section 7 (4-H Photos & Supporting Materials)Level 1-4, Section 8 (4-H Project Focus), and your 4- H Project Book (or 4-H Project Record Sheet for 6th-12th graders) List your progress in Section 8, even if you didn’t complete your 4-H Portfolio
Prize Awarded for Level CompletionLevel 1 PrizeLevel 1-2 prizesLevels 1-3 prizesLevels 1-4 prizesLevel 1-5 prizes

4-H Portfolios

Throughout this year 4th – 12th grade 4-H members are encouraged to complete a 4-H Portfolio, which focuses on record-keeping skills and is helpful when completing award, scholarship, and future job applications. Prizes or opportunities will be awarded to top members who complete the 4-H Portfolio. Read the newsletter for opportunities to list in your 4-H Portfolio. Download a Digital Version of the 4-H Portfolio to begin working.

4-H Leadership Opportunities

St. Charles Parish 4-H is offering the following leadership opportunities this month. List your participation in these activities in the 4-H Leadership (Section 2) of your 4-H Portfolio.

  • 4-H Jr. Leader Club Meeting
  • 4-H Officers
  • Leading the 4-H Pledge at club meetings
  • 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference

4-H Citizenship/Community Service Projects

Use your hands to larger service by participating in 4-H Service Projects. List your participation in the 4-H Citizenship/Community Service (Section 3) of your 4-H Portfolio.

  • 4-H Day of Service
  • School 4-H Service Projects

Read the newsletter for more details on each of these projects. If you need verification of service hours for another organization, contact the 4-H Agent.

4-H Awards and Recognition

There are several award opportunities this month for 4-H members. List your participation in the 4-H Awards and Recognition

  • 4-H Photography Contest
  • 4-H Culinary Arts Contest
  • 4-H Senior Honor Cords, Jackets, Scholarships
  • 4-H Livestock Shows
  • 4-H Beef Poster Contest
  • 4-H Dairy Poster Contest
  • 4-H STEM LEGO Design Contest

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