By Kenneth Gautreaux, LSU AgCenter
With a theme of “Out of this World,” nearly 1,500 4-H’ers from across the state attended the 103rd 4-H University, held on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge June 20-23.
Pictured above, State 4-H officers, from left, Patrick Cormier, Stanley Celestine Jr., Taylor Goss and Jill Wiltz bestow medals on 4-H’ers who placed in contests during the closing ceremony of the 103rd annual 4-H University on June 22. Photo by Olivia McClure/LSU AgCenter
In the competitive contests, youth contended for educational trips to the Gulf Coast, West Virginia and Dallas. They also vied for the right to represent Louisiana 4-H in several national competitions and cash prizes.
The following state 4-H officers were elected:
President: Brittney Lea, Bienville Parish
Vice President: Westin Cobb, Livingston Parish
Secretary: Heather Goss, Calcasieu Parish
Historian/Reporter: Antavion Moore, Bienville Parish
Parlimentarian: Gavyn Stephens, Iberia Parish
Contest winners were:
4-H Has Talent: Samyra Miller, Orleans Parish.
Agriculture Demo: Collin Barrios and Gabriel LoCoco, St. Charles Parish
ATV: Ethan Coker, Claiborne Parish.
Automotive: Olivia Beauvais, Pointe Coupee Parish.
Automotive (Team): Dylan Andre and Olivia Beauvais, Pointe Coupee Parish.
Career Preparation Interview: Casey Williams, Vernon Parish.
Child Development: Ja’Darius Williams, Sabine Parish.
Compact Tractor: John Hains, Acadia Parish.
Computer Simulation: Samuel Hollier and Evan Miller, Evangeline Parish.
Consumer Decision Making: Emily Aguillard, Brooke Glaser and Lexi Sellars, Pointe Coupee Parish.
Consumer Food Judging: Hollyn Guidroz, Carly Loupe and Katie Louviere, Lafourche Parish.
Dairy Judging: Jacob Martin, Lafayette Parish.
Dairy Judging (Team): Jacob Martin, Ryann Simon and Nathan Thompson, Lafayette Parish.
Diesel Operations: Joshua Becnel, Lafourche Parish.
Dog Science: Trace Presley, St. Mary Parish.
Entomology Demonstration: Kelbi Lashare and John-Michael Shiner, Vermilion Parish.
Environmental Conservation Illustrated Talk: Gaven Guidry, Terrebonne Parish.
Fashion Review-Casual: Jodie Perry, Caddo Parish.
Fashion Review-Creative Choice: Alexis Hanson, Winn Parish.
Fashion Review-Designer’s Choice: Chloé Litteral, Calcasieu Parish.
Fashion Review-Ready-to-Wear: Anna Little, Winn Parish.
Family and Consumer Sciences Demonstration: Saydie Rusk and Martin Vanderlick, Avoyelles Parish.
Fishing Sports: Cameron Nicholas, Avoyelles Parish.
Fishing Sports (Team): Dylan Breaux, Garret Broussard and Margaret Higginbotham, Acadia Parish.
Forestry: Clay Zaunbrecher, Vermilion Parish.
Horticulture Demonstration-General: Ashlyn Jeansonne and Avia Laborde, Avoyelles Parish.
Horticulture Demonstration-Use: Maeleigh Conner and Marley Thibodeaux, Cameron Parish.
Horticulture Judging: Bet Lee, Vermilion Parish.
Horticulture Judging (Team): Alex Bedwell, William Dailey and Bret Lee, Vermilion Parish.
Insect Identification: Alec Plaisance, Lafourche Parish.
Meat Identification: Emily Lanie, Lafayette Parish.
Meat Identification (Team): John-Garrett Patrick, Nicholaus Pryor and Sadi White, Concordia Parish.
Outdoor Skills: Reed Bearden, Bossier Parish.
Outdoor Skills (Team): Connor Arthur, Navy Britt and Gabriel Marr, Sabine Parish.
Photography: Skylar Henry, Jeff Davis Parish.
Plant Science: Ann Borel, Pointe Coupee Parish.
Plant Science (Team): Ann Borel, Dylan LeBlanc and Maycee Steib, Pointe Coupee Parish.
Poultry Judging: Lauren Gauthier, Avoyelles Parish.
Poultry Judging (Team): Maddie Bordelon, Zack Duncan and Lauren Gauthier, Avoyelles Parish.
Public Speaking (Any Subject): Stanley Celestine, Avoyelles Parish.
Public Speaking (Cooperative): Brooke Firmin, Avoyelles Parish
Solutions Unlimited: Alan Fitts, Ann Smith and Myranda Smith, Grant Parish.
Soybean Illustrated Talk: Caroline Doise, Jefferson Davis Parish.
Sports Broadcasting: Elise Jackson and Conrad Tempanaro, Iberville Parish.
Teens Driving Teens to Safety: Alana Duhon and Sydney Guidry, Vermilion Parish.
The Louisiana Chef: Christopher Broussard and Ty Hebert, Vermilion Parish.
The Next 4-H Food Star: Caroline Benedict, Sarah Cline and Sophie Elliot, Pointe Coupee Parish.
Wildlife Habitat Judging: Bridget Seghers, St. Tammany Parish.