Over 400 4-H'ers, volunteers honored at Achievement Day

Andrew Green

More than 400 local 4-H’ers and 4-H Volunteers were recognized for their accomplishments during the 2016-2017 school year at 4-H Achievement Day on May 12 at the C.M. “Mike” Zito Multipurpose Center in Plaquemine.

This annual celebration featured a series of hands-on educational demos, activities, contests and awards.  This year, monthly 4-H Club meetings across Iberville Parish focused on exploring holistic health with their theme “The Healthy Happiness Project”.

Throughout the school year, students attended healthy living workshops and participated in club meeting lessons, including MyPlate relay races, sleep goggle experiments, pollination simulations, yoga, and food science activities.

4-H’ers incorporated the healthy living theme into 4-H Achievement Day through educational demonstrations, a short demonstration contest, poster contest, t-shirt contest, song contest, and name tag contest.

The educational portion of the event included the following educational stations led by adult volunteers: “Yoga, Yoga, Yoga” led by LSU AgCenter Agent Jessica Stroope, “Life’s Vitals” led by Acadian Ambulance Representative Andrew Lefebvre, “Yard-to-Table” led by Iberville Master Gardener Susan Persilver and Assistant Hunter Morales, “Who Let the Dog Out” led by United Healthcare Representative Deborah Jones, “Fitness Frenzy” led by 4-H Members Sophia Tempanaro, Stevie LeJeune and Clay LeBlanc, “Smoothie Snacks” led by 4-H Members Margo Crockett, Sydney David and Madilyn Grow, “Healthy Living” led by Dr. Brandon Weeks and Ochsner Representative Heidi Wendt, “Pearly White Spotlight” led by Bruns Family Dental Hygienist Anne-Marie Soileau, “Aww, Sugar, Sugar” led by LSU AgCenter Nutrition Agent Kylee Brown and 4-H Members Elise Jackson and Sophie Doss.

“Achievement Day is a culminating event that our 4-H members, volunteers and staff look forward to throughout the school year,” Iberville 4-H Agent Christina Hebert said.  “It is a day to celebrate learning and progress.  It is also a day to recognize well-deserving 4-H members and volunteers for their outstanding contributions to our local 4-H program.”

The educational series was followed by an awards ceremony in which school clubs, individual 4- H’ers, volunteers and program supporters were recognized for their contributions to the Iberville Parish 4-H Program.

Awards Ceremony Highlights: 

The following 2016-2017 Iberville Parish Jr. Leadership Club Officers were recognized with medals: Chairman Sophia Tempanaro, St. John High School; Co- Chairman Clay LeBlanc, St. John High School; Co- Chairman Madilyn Grow, Iberville Math Science and Arts Academy-West; Secretary Kennedy Washington, Iberville Math Science and Arts Academy-West; Service Project Representative Elise Jackson, St. John High School; Media Team Sydney David and Stevie LeJeune, St. John High School.

The following students were recognized as Outstanding 4-H’ers for their project work, participation, and community service efforts to their school 4-H Clubs and to parish-wide 4-H initiatives. Jr. Division: Parker Jackson, St. John School; Jr. High Division: Madilyn Grow, Iberville Math Science & Arts Academy-West; High School Division: Stevie LeJeune, St. John High School.  Students were also recognized for fundraising efforts, livestock program participation, horse show participation and project book work throughout the school year.

The following senior 4-H Members earned 4-H honor cords to wear for graduation: Morgan Crawford, MSA-West, Hunter Monismith, MSA-West, Raylan Hracek, Plaquemine High School, Sophia Tempanaro, St. John High School and Olivia Ledet, St. John High School. Senior 4-H Member Sophia Tempanaro received a $750 Scott Tractor Foundation Scholarship, $1,000 Iberville 4-H Foundation Scholarship, $300 H.C. Sanders Memorial Scholarship, and $100 Louisiana 4-H Foundation Parish Scholarship.

4-H Volunteer Katie Ramagos Sistrunk, a resident of White Castle, received the Friend of 4-H Award for her outstanding volunteer work for the Iberville Parish 4-H Program. Sistrunk is a lifetime 4-H’er who donates her time and talents to organizing educational experiences for local youth. Sistrunk has served as the president of the 4-H Foundation for the past two years and is the current treasurer. She has chaperoned numerous 4-H events and trips, including the 2014 San Antonio Jr. Leadership Club Trip. She and her family remain actively involved in 4-H and have presented at 4-H Achievement Days and at the Iberville AgAdventures Expo. She is a dedicated advocate of local agriculture, and works tirelessly to promote Louisiana agriculture and educational programs, such as 4-H, FFA and Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom program. She has worked countless hours to gain support for agricultural industries on the local, state, national, and international levels.

St. John Elementary and Middle School 4-H Club Leader Lisa Jackson received the Outstanding 4-H Club Leader Award for her dedication and service to her school 4-H Club and to parish-wide programing. The St. John Elementary and Middle School Club was recognized with the Outstanding Club of the Year Award for having the highest participation in year-round 4-H camps, workshops, service projects and school activities.

In addition, St. John School, the Iberville Math, Science, and Arts Academy-West the Iberville Math, Science, and Arts Academy-East were recognized with Achievement in Service Awards for their outstanding commitment to serving their communities. 

Shown are photos from the event.