Youths earn Gerry Lane Premier Exhibitor Awards
Six exceptional Louisiana youths were recognized Feb. 17 for their knowledge, skills and communication abilities as they were named winners of the Gerry Lane Premier Exhibitor Award at the 83rd annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.
For the past 20 years, the premier exhibitor program has recognized 4-H and FFA members who may not have champion animals but who have a thorough understanding of animal science.
“The awards are based on performance in tests of each youth’s knowledge of the livestock industry, practical exercises demonstrating skills and the ability to communicate effectively,” said Dwayne Nunez, LSU AgCenter livestock show manager.
Program participants have to pass an exam, demonstrate skills, write an essay, prepare a resume and show poise and confidence during an interview with livestock show officials, Nunez said.
The winning youths were among 30 finalists and many other contestants in the program, which recognizes outstanding livestock exhibitors in six categories: beef cattle, dairy cattle, poultry, sheep, goats and swine.
Supported by an endowment from Gerry Lane Enterprises in Baton Rouge, the program is open to participants exhibiting beef, dairy, swine, sheep, poultry and goats. The top winner in each premier exhibitor category received a $500 cash award, a commemorative belt buckle and a monogrammed jacket. The other four finalists in each category were awarded trophies.
This year’s first-place winners of the Gerry Lane Premier Exhibitor Awards are:
— Beef Premier Exhibitor — Breann Keowen, West Baton Rouge Parish 4-H.
— Dairy Premier Exhibitor — Maggie Brian, East Feliciana Parish 4-H.
— Goat Premier Exhibitor — Ethan Coker, Claiborne Parish 4-H.
— Poultry Premier Exhibitor — Luke Seguin, Walker FFA.
— Sheep Premier Exhibitor — Maci Schexnayder, Ascension Parish 4-H.
— Swine Premier Exhibitor — Paycen Brouillette, West Feliciana Parish 4-H.
Other finalists in this year’s premier exhibitor program, by category and in order of placing, are:
Beef — second, Maeleigh Conner, Cameron Parish 4-H; third, Madison Plaisance, Tangipahoa Parish 4-H; fourth, Lily Gisclair, Beauregard Parish 4-H; fifth, Mary Claire Istre, Calcasieu Parish 4-H.
Dairy — second, Luke Seguin, Livingston Parish 4-H; third, Owen Brouillette, West Feliciana Parish 4-H; fourth, Coralie Deloach, Avoyelles Parish 4-H; fifth, Amanda Distefano, Iberville Parish 4-H.
Goats — second, Bailey Willis, Morehouse Parish 4-H; third, Sophie Guillory, St. Landry Parish 4-H; fourth, Mackenzie Roberie, St. Landry Parish 4-H; fifth, Coralie Deloach, Avoyelles Parish 4-H.
Poultry — second, Lauren Theall, Lafayette Parish 4-H; third, Breanna Huff, St. Tammany Parish 4-H; fourth, Brayden Huff, St. Tammany Parish 4-H; fifth, Cody Hanna, Lincoln Parish 4-H.
Sheep — second, Kathryn LeBlanc, Acadia Parish 4-H; third, Emma Sarradet, West Baton Rouge Parish 4-H; fourth, Carley Davis, St. Tammany Parish 4-H; fifth, Lily Gisclair, Beauregard Parish 4-H.
Swine — second, Josie Purvis, Livingston Parish 4-H; third, Owen Brouillette, West Feliciana Parish 4-H; fourth, Caitlin McBride, Calhoun FFA; fifth, Tyler Morris, St. Mary Parish 4-H.