Youths, adult leaders from around state recognized at Gonzales livestock show

Staff reports
A group from Ascension Parish enters the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales with a jambalaya theme for the parish group show. It was one last time to impress the judges with costumes and gifts.

Seven Louisiana 4-H and FFA members and two adult volunteers were honored Saturday at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales for their outstanding work with youth livestock projects.

The awards were presented during ceremonies that concluded the 74th Annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show presented by Price LeBlanc.

Individuals from across Louisiana were recognized. The youth awards included the C. W. “Dub” Kennedy Award in Animal Science presented to Erika Anderson, a freshman at Louisiana Tech in Ruston; the Superintendent of Education Awards presented to Wade Morrison of Vernon Parish, Hunter Tauzin of St. Martin Parish and Emily Jenkins of Covington; and the Governor’s Awards presented to Kyle Jordan of DeSoto, Jordan Guidry of St. Martin Parish and Brooke Prather of St. Landry Parish.

The Attorney General’s Awards for adult volunteers went to Cindy Prather of St. Landry Parish and Danny Hebert of Iberia Parish.

Sponsored by the Louisiana 4-H Foundation and Louisiana FFA, the annual awards recognize young people and adults for outstanding contributions to or work in youth livestock programs. The awards are based on evaluation of each person's record book or a detailed application describing his or her involvement with youth livestock projects.

The 4-H program is the youth development arm of the nationwide land-grant university system. It is operated in Louisiana by the LSU AgCenter and includes projects for youth on topics ranging from raising livestock to computer science, family life, environmental science and much more.

“Volunteer leaders help us bring life-changing information and experiences to even more young people, so we’re pleased to be able to honor a few of them with the awards we present each year,” said Dr. Paul Coreil, vice chancellor of the LSU AgCenter. “We’re also happy to be able to recognize outstanding young people who are excelling in their 4-H and FFA projects.”

Sporting a chef hat and poster, an Ascension 4-H member draws cheers for in the parish group show.