Ascension 4-H'ers do well at 4-H University 2018

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Back row, left to right: James Daigle, Noah Stafford, Austin Arceneaux, Charles Sanchez, Zack Zeringue; Top middle, left to right: Alex Milazzo, Brennan Percle, Cody Waguespack, Kaileigh Gray, Molly Matthews; Bottom middle- left to right: Paige Zeringue, Caitlin Marquis, Abigail Stafford, Abby Lobell, Kinslei Scroggs, Kallie deVeer, Victoria Buckland; Front- left to right: Morgan Miller, Mallory Miller, Kylie Cliburn, Sadie Bourgeois, Rachel Stewart, Stacey Kloosterman, and Maci Schexnayder; Not pictured is Alex Sullivan.

Nearly 1,500 4-H'ers, from across Louisiana, traveled to the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, June 19-22, to elect officers, attend educational programs, run for State 4-H Boards, and participate in different contests at 4-H University.

This year’s 4-H university theme was “We’re all in this Together.” In addition to learning and competing, youth get an inside view of the college experience. 4-Hers get to stay on the LSU campus in the dorms, learn the campus by traveling to different locations for contests and educational programs, and attend assemblies in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Ascension Parish 4-H was well represented with 25 4-H’ers, participating in a wide range of contests and educational programs.

2018 Ascension Parish 4-H Competition Results:

Agriculture Demonstration (Team): Blue Ribbon Winners- Kylie Cliburn and Abigail Stafford

ATV Safety: Blue Ribbon Winner – Austin Arceneaux

Automotive: 5th Place- Zack Zeringue

Career Prep: Blue Ribbon Winner- Kinslei Scroggs

Child Development: 1st Place- Maci Schexnayder

Diesel Operations: Blue Ribbon Winner- Cody Waguespack

Dog Science: 2nd Place- Caitlin Marquis

Fashion Review- Creative Choice: Blue Ribbon Winner- Stacey Kloosterman

Fishing Sports Team: 1st Place- James Daigle, Alex Milazzo, and Noah Stafford and 2nd Place- Abby Lobell, Kallie deVeer, Brennan Percle

Fishing Sports Individual Awards: 2nd Place- Noah Stafford; 3rd Place- Alex Milazzo; 5th Place- James Daigle

In addition to contest winners, several 4-H'ers were selected to serve on a 4-H State Board after submitting a written application and going through a rigorous interview process. Molly Matthews was selected to serve on that State 4-H Shooting Sports Board for a two-year term, and James Daigle will continue for his second term. Stacy Kloosterman was selected to serve on the State 4-H Fashion Board for a third, one year term.

Hannah Godchaux, Rachel Stewart and Kinslei Scroggs were selected to serve on the State 4-H Citizenship board for a one year term. This will be Kinslei’s second year to serve on the State Citizenship Board. Each of these 4-H'ers will assist their fellow board members in planning and conducting state 4-H Activities in their respective board areas.

Two 4-H’ers from each parish served as voting delegates to participate in the business activities of 4-H

University. Ascension 4-H’s delegates, Cody Waguespack and Kinslei Scroggs, assisted in the democratic process of electing the State 4-H Officers, Regional Representatives, and conducting the yearly business of the 4-H organization.

We had a great group of 4-Hers representing Ascension 4-H this year, and we are looking forward to what next year will bring!

The Ascension 4-H Agents, Camille Brady and Stephanie Gravois, would like to sincerely thank the adult volunteer leaders who attended and chaperoned at 4-H University Lori Zeringue and Eddie Sanchez.

Contributed by Ascension Parish 4-H