Photo provided by Ascension 4-H -- Stewart wins gold medal -- Ascension Parish 4-H'ers on April 15 attend the 2014 Louisiana State 4-H Commodity Ambassador Contests at LSU. Rachael Steward's 'Allie the Alligator' presentation wins her a gold medal. Gathering at the event are, first row from left, Jamie Lavergne, Rachel Stewart, Jade Chenevert and McKinzey Fowler; and second row, Viki-Dawn Landry, Matthew Landry, Hannah Fowler and Gabrial Trippi.

Ascension Parish 4-H’er Rachael Stewart was the gold medal winner April 15 at the 2014 Louisiana 4-H Commodity Ambassador Contests held at LSU.

Rachael’s “Allie the Alligator” presentation on Louisiana alligator processing helped her win the gold medal and $50.

Viki-Dawn Landry, Matthew Landry and Jamie Lavergne were awarded silver medals in their divisions.

Viki-Dawn’s “Why Is This Alligator Smiling?” presentation was a tribute to alligator conservation.

Matthew’s visual presentation, “BBQ Best Buy Quality,” presented information about the broiler industry to the panel of judges.

Jamie’s “Processing Turkey” talk was about farm-to-table home processing.

Ascension Parish 4-H was represented at the state level event with illustrated talks by Sadie Bourgeois, Hannah Fowler, McKinzey Fowler, Viki-Dawn Landry, Matthew Landry, Jamie Lavergne, Jade Chenevert and Gabrial Trippi.

The 4-H Commodity Ambassador Program is designed for education and enhancement while emphasizing specific Louisiana agricultural commodities, a news release from the 4-H office said.

The Louisiana commodities discussed were eggs, chickens, turkeys and seafood. The 4-H’ers were scored on poise and effective presentation, appearance, visuals of their poster and PowerPoint presentation, accurate content on the agricultural commodity, correct length of presentation, and response to judge’s questions.

Sadie, Hannah, Jade, Jamie and Rachael, who are in fourth to sixth grades, were the youngest competitors.

Sadie’s “Do You Know Where Your Eggs Come From?” egg presentation was a blue ribbon winner. Hannah’s “Chicken Delight” was a red ribbon group winner. Jade’s “Nutrition Value and Food Prep for Sugar” was a red ribbon winner.

The 4-H’ers prepared posters on their subjects and presented two- to three-minute talks.

McKinzey competed in the seafood division for seventh to ninth grade; her “Alligator Hunt” was a red ribbon winner.

Gabrial’s “Nutrition Value and Food Prep for Egg” was a red ribbon winner. The 4-H’ers in this division prepared a poster, a two- to three-minute talk, and a 500-word essay.

In the senior division, 10th to 12th grades, Viki-Dawn and Matthew were challenged to give talks about the alligator and broiler industries in five- to eight-minute PowerPoint presentations.

4-H agent Stephanie H. Gravois and Dr. Katherine Beier coach the Ascension Parish team.

For more information on the Ascension Parish 4-H program, call (225) 621-5799.