Ascension Parish community photo gallery for July 3, 2014 _lowres

Photo provided by Camille Brady -- Gathering at 4-H University are Ascension Parish 4-H members and leaders, first row from left, Camille Brady, Allie Daigle, Kodey Broussard, Jessica Stewart, Maci Schexnayder and Sara Sturtevant; second row, Kassie DeVeer, Taylor Johnson, Alyssa Hughes, Hannah Johnson and Stephanie Hutchinson; and third row, Ebony Hunt, Eden Schexnayder, Charles Sanchez and Kole Guerin.

Ascension Parish 4-H member Jessica Stewart won the ATV Skill Driving competition held June 17-20 at 4-H University on the LSU campus.

Several Ascension Parish 4-H members attended the annual 4-H University.

Stewart was pre-certified to participate by completing the teen ATV Safety Institute Online Course, a news release from 4-H said.

At the contest, she was tested for her knowledge of safety equipment, riding techniques and strategies. She had five minutes to correctly identify ATV parts and then had to choose the correct ATV to complete a safety skill driving course.

Ascension 4-H members Ebony Hunt and Taylor Johnson won second place in the Horticulture Use team competition. For the competition, the 4-Hers created a presentation on the pecan industry and demonstrated how to make their signature pecan pie for the three judges.

Hannah Johnson and Alyssa Hughes tackled the Solutions Unlimited contest and placed fifth. At the competition, the team was given the problem using a $5,000 budget. The team was to create a two-hour workshop for fourth- and fifth-graders that focused on one of the LSU Agricultural Center mission mandates. They were to include the activities, marketing for the workshop and a budget in their presentation.

Allie Daigle and Maci Schexnayder were awarded sixth place for their agriculture team demonstration of a current agriculture practice. The girls chose freeze branding. In a 15-minute method demonstration, they showed how to freeze-brand livestock animals using a model calf, protective gear and freeze branding equipment and tools.

Charles Sanchez, first time 4-H U participant, was on the Ascension winning team with a tenth place win in the ATV Skill Driving competition.

Ascension’s Next Food Star team of Jared Barrilleaux, Kassie DeVeer and Eden Schexnayder highlighted Louisiana crawfish in their crawfish crêpes recipe.

Kodey Broussard showed his public speaking skills with “One World Culture” talks about technology bringing together the cultures of the world. Kole Guerin’s speech “Moments” highlighted the special events and those moments which shaped his life.

4-H agents and leaders Camille Brady, Stephanie Gravois, Sara Sturtevant, Katherine Beier, Michelle DeVeer, Goldie Schexnayder and Eddie Sanchez helped to prepare the students for the competitions.

For more information on Ascension 4-H, call the 4-H office at (225) 621-5799 or visit the web site