Webster 4-H members attend 4-H U in Baton Rouge

Bottom row from left: Haylon Maddox, Madison McGraw, Kyleigh Kruze, Camryn Nail, Cailey Nail, Laynie Smith. Top from left: Regina Butcher, Landen Knotts, Luke Butcher, Jacob Talarchyk, John Monzingo)

On June 21, 2022, eight Webster 4-H members departed from Minden to attend 4-H University on Louisiana State University’s Baton Rouge campus. 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, and more! Through 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.

Three Webster 4-H’ers achieved blue ribbons. Two Minden High members, Luke Butcher and Landen Knotts, received fourth place in state in the Computer Simulation contest. Madison McGraw (Lakeside 4-H Club) placed tenth in state in the Public Speaking contest. 

There were also three members who were selected to serve on the state Shooting Sports Ambassadors board, Danielle Collins (Doyline 4-H Club), Cailey Nail (North Webster High 4-H Club), and Luke Butcher. 

We are also very proud of Jacob Talarchyk (Member at Large), who was chosen to be interviewed for a member spotlight in Baton Rouge for participation in poultry and leadership projects. His filmed interview was shown at 4-H U to over 1,000 attendees on awards night. 

Webster Parish 4-H would also like to thank Ms. Regina Butcher for attending this even with us as a volunteer and helping throughout the week as well as thank our county agent, John Monzingo, for helping through the week and training our Livestock Judging team in preparation for this event. 

Interested in coming to 4-H U next year? Contact the parish 4-H Agent, Ms. Laynie, to learn how to register for 4-H this September at your school!

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