By 4-H Agent Jacque Fontenot
Each year 4-H members who are in the 8th-12th grade, are eligible to participate in 4-H University to demonstrate their skills in more than 40 competitive events. It is a culmination of a 4-H member’s year of hard work and dedication. Events range from Agriculture Demonstration, Automotive Care, Fishing Sports, Photography, Outdoor Skills, Public Speaking, Cooking, Fashion Revue, Talent, and more!
By competing, youth demonstrate life skills in teamwork, decision making, problem solving, resiliency, and many more. Each competitive event allows youth an opportunity for personal growth, skill mastery, and other life skills vital to functioning members of society.
The theme for this year was Strive and after three years of being virtual, 4-H U was finally back on LSU campus in Baton Rouge, with approximately 1,000 students from all over Louisiana in attendance. 14 Red River Parish teens and 2 adult chaperones participated in 4-H University.
Eight members were blue ribbon winners, meaning that they finished in the top ten of their contest. Two students, Shirley Boyd and Hannah Worsham, competed in Photography, a virtual contest, and were also able to participate in Clover College while on campus. Clover College is an opportunity for students to learn more about various careers/skills during the 4-H U week.
Hannah participated in the session on turf management, where they toured the athletic facilities and helped paint the field. Shirley participated in 2D and 3D drafting, where she created a pinwheel from a 3d printer that she drafted and designed.
FaDasia Demery, Makilah Murphy, and BriAunna Taylor participated in the Ready to Wear portion of the Fashion Revue, where they participated in the fashion show.
In addition to contests and clover college, students from all over Louisiana interviewed to serve on various 4-H State Leadership Boards. Rafe Suggs was chosen to serve on the Science, Engineering and Technology Board and Addison Bounds was chosen to serve for the second year as a Shooting Sports Ambassador.
Although Shelby Pickett could not be there in person, she participated in the fine arts contest by submitting a floral arrangement, winning second place.
Fontenot said, “I would like to thank everyone who supported these teens, whether it was helping train for a contest or helping financially. I also want to thank the two wonderful adult chaperones, Randarious Murphy and Marissa Halbmaier for spending their week with these students.”
Anyone interested in coming to 4-H U next year can contact your 4-H Agent, Mrs. Jacque Fontenot to learn how to register for 4-H this September at your school.
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