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Evangeline Parish 4-Hers honored with end of school year banquet

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OUTSTANDING 4-H VOLUNTEER LEADER - Misty Fontenot, left, was named Outstanding 4-H Volunteer Leader. She is shown with Kim Deville, Assistant Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development. (Gazette photos by Heather Bogard)

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SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS - Baylee Guillory, third from left, was the recipient of two scholarship. She is shown with, from left, Keith Fontenot, retired county agent; Kim Deville, Assistant Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development; and Todd Fontenot, County Agent.

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OUTGOING PRESIDENT - Lelia Deville, 2015-2016 Jr. Evangeline Parish Jr. Leadership Club President, left, was presented with a gavel as a token of appreciation for her year of service. She is shown with Kim Deville, Assistant Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development.

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OUTSTANDING 4-H MEMBER - Camille Bergeron was named Outstanding 4-H member. She is shown on the left with Lynn Landreneau, who presented her with a pen set.

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OUTSTANDING 4-H MEMBER - Camille Bergeron was named Outstanding 4-H member. She is shown with Kim Deville, Assistant Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development; and Todd Fontenot, County Agent.

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4-H BUSINESS SUPPORTER - Paul’s Meat Market received the Outstanding 4-H Supporter award. Shown, from left, are Lelia Deville, Evangeline Parish Jr. Leadership Club President; Tammy and Paul Fontenot, owners of Paul’s Meat Market; and Kim Deville, Assistant Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development.

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4-H STATE AMBASSADOR WINNERS - Evangeline Parish 4-Hers who placed in the state ambassador contests were honored. From left, they are Ellen Deshotel, Tucker Fontenot, Gabrielle Fontenot, Andrew Fontenot, Gabriel Fontenot and Silas Fontenot. They are shown with Kim Deville, Assistant Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development, left; and Todd Fontenot, County Agent.

Gazette Staff Report

The 23rd Annual 4-H Awards and Recognition Program was held Tuesday, May 10, at the Northside Civic Center. Evangeline Parish’s outstanding youth, organizational leaders, sponsors, parents and activity leaders in the 4-H program were recognized.
The 4-H Key Club Award is presented to a high school 4-H member and only one-half of one percent of the parish 4-H enrollment can receive these awards. The 4-H’er must be an outstanding club member in their club and in the parish 4-H program. Receiving the Key Club Award was Camille Elise Bergeron, Sacred Heart High School.
The 4-H Honor Cord is presented to senior 4-H Club members across the state of Louisiana and was developed to recognize 4-H members who are graduating from high school and who have remained in 4-H throughout their high school careers. To receive this honor, the senior 4-H member must be an enrolled 4-H member in good standing, a graduating senior, must be enrolled in 4-H for at least three of their high school years and must have participated in at least one state-sponsored 4-H program in the last three years. Members who received honor cords and/or pins were Kara Aguillard, Sacred Heart High School (pin and honor cord); Lauren Bertrand, Basile High School (pin and honor cord); Alexis Bordelon, Sacred Heart High School (pin); Joseph Brignac, Mamou High School (pin); Ashton Briley, Sacred Heart High School (pin); Allie Cormier, Basile High School (pin); Brittany Dupre, Pine Prairie High School (pin); Dusty Fontenot, Pine Prairie High School (pin); Garrick Fontenot, Sacred Heart High School (pin); Jami Fontenot, Sacred Heart High School (pin); Mary Gil, Sacred Heart High School (pin); Sophie Gil, Sacred Heart High School (pin); Baylee Guillory, Sacred Heart High School (pin and honor cord); Nicole Hampshire, Ville Platte High School (pin and honor cord); Patrick Hebert, Basile High School (pin and honor cord); Mindy Johnson, Mamou High School (pin); Jeremy Klumpp, Basile High School (pin); Blake Lee, Sacred Heart High School (pin); Hope Major, Ville Platte High School (pin and honor cord); Alexis Manuel, Sacred Heart High School (pin); Laura Manuel, Sacred Heart High School (pin and honor cord); Jalaya Thomas, Ville Platte High School (pin); Elizabeth Vidrine, member at large (pin); and Ty Walker, Basile High School (pin and honor cord).
State scholarships were awarded to several senior 4-H’ers who participated in the state 4-H scholarship program. Baylee Guillory, Sacred Heart High School, received the $100 Louisiana 4-H Foundation Parish Scholarship for Senior 4-H Achievement.
Several seniors received scholarships from the Scott Truck and Tractor Company, which offers scholarships to 4-H members in all 64 parishes in Louisiana. The recipient of the $1,000 scholarship for Evangeline Parish was Baylee Guillory, Sacred Heart High School.
Several Evangeline Parish 4-Hers were elected to serve on state boards and one member was elected to be a National Conference delegate. Those students were: Alyson Fontenot, Camille Bergeron and Morgan Fontenot, Food and Fitness Board; Anabeth Briley, Science, Engineering and Technology Board; Gabrielle Fontenot and Hallie Daire, Fashion Board; and Lelia Deville, National Conference delegate.
The state 4-H Portfolio Contest is an annual state-wide 4-H event. The clubemember keeps in-depth project records and completes the record keeping task. The objectives of this contest are to develop leadership abilities, build character, assume citizenship responsibilities, explore career opportunities, develop skills, knowledge and attitudes for lifelong use and to share knowledge gained with others. Evangeline Parish 4-H members receiving the Louisiana 4-H Record of Excellence Award were Camille Bergeron, Sacred Heart High School; and Gabrielle Fontenot, Sacred Heart Elementary School.
The Commodity Ambassador contests are designed for the education and enhancement of 4-H club members. Each ambassador program emphasizes specific Louisiana agricultural commodities including egg, chicken, turkey and seafood. The purpose of this contest is to discover information about the production, food preparation and nutritive value, food safety, processing and/or marketing of the Louisiana commodity. The ambassador participant must present a two-three minute talk explaining the selected commodity and respond to questions from the judges. Which means they must become very knowledgeable on their subject-matter. This year Evangeline Parish had six participants in the State Ambassador Contest. After placing first on the parish level, they competed on the state level and received the following awards for their efforts. Now remember, this is their state placing against every parish in our state. They were: Ellen Deshotel, Vidrine Elementary, State Seafood Ambassador Contest, first place; Tucker Fontenot, Sacred Heart Elementary, State Chicken Ambassador Contest, fourth place; Gabrielle Fontenot, Sacred Heart High School, State Egg Ambassador Contest, third place; Andrew Fontenot, Sacred Heart Elementary, State Chicken Ambassador Contest, first place; Gabriel Fontenot, Sacred Heart Elementary, State Sugar Ambassador Contest, second place; and Silas Fontenot, Sacred Heart Elementary School, State Turkey Ambassador Contest, blue ribbon.
The backbone of the 4-H program is the volunteer 4-H leader. Leaders receiving the bronze clover with one to four years of service were: Monique Fontenot, Evangeline Central, two years; Tonya Ortego, Basile Elementary, one year; Gemma Miller, Bayou Chicot Elementary, one year; Erica Fontenot, Bayou Chicot Elementary, one year; Emily Thibodeaux, Sacred Heart Elementary, one year; Chris Rider, Sacred Heart Elementary, two years; Becky Buller, Sacred Heart Elementary, one year; Dorie Ardoin, Sacred Heart High School, one year; Eric Fontenot, Vidrine Elementary, four years; Lori Guillory, Mamou Elementary, three years; Dana Blood, Pine Prairie High School, three years; Kim McDaniel, Ville Platte Elementary, one year; Misty Fontenot, Ville Platte Elementary, one year; and Jade Doucet, WW Stewart Elementary, two years.
Leaders receiving the silver clover with five to nine years of service were: Jennifer Barbier, Chataignier Elementary, five years; Kim Manuel, Chataignier Elementary, seven years; Christina Lejeune, Mamou High School, seven years; Danica Prudhomme, James Stephens Montessori, six years; Brooke LaFleur, Pine Prairie Elementary, five years; and Lorraine Doucet, Vidrine Elementary five years.
Leaders receiving the gold clover with 10 to 14 years of service were: Becky Arnaud, Mamou Elementary, 14 years; and Leah Hollier, Ville Platte High School, 13 years. Susan Bellon, Basile High School, also was honored with a special gold clover for 17 years of service.
The Outstanding Business Supporter Award was presented to Paul and Tammy Fontenot, owners of Paul’s Meat Market.
The Outstanding 4-H Volunteer Leader for Evangeline Parish was presented to Misty Fontenot, with Ville Platte Elementary.
The Outstanding 4-H Member Award was presented to Camille Bergeron, Sacred Heart High School. The Evangeline Parish Farm Bureau sponsored scholarships for the Outstanding 4-H members, and the Evangeline Parish Volunteers for Family and Community presented a clover pen set to the recipient.
Sponsors for this annual awards program were: Citizens Bank, Evangeline Bank and Trust, Evangeline Parish Farm Bureau, Healthworks Rehab, Dr. Kirk Soileau, Dr. Marcellus LaHaye, Mikey’s Donut King and Paul’s Meat Market.

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