Matt Seguin, 16, recently was named king of the 80th annual Southeast District Junior Livestock Show in Covington.
Seguin, the son of Harold and Renette Seguin, is a resident of Pine Grove and a junior at Walker High School.
“Family is very important to me, and I am lucky to have such a great family,” Seguin said. “They help me in many ways and are the reason I have achieved success in many areas.”
Seguin is member of Walker High School’s 4-H and Future Farmers of America clubs and also is active in other school, church and family activities, a news release from the LSU AgCenter said.
“I became involved in 4-H while I was in elementary school and am now in my eighth year as a member at Walker High School,” he said. “I am also a member of the Walker FFA chapter, where I have served as vice president for two years.”
Seguin said his Christian faith also is important. He volunteers at his church as an usher and participates in the church youth group, the release said.
Seguin stays busy with dairy and poultry projects, raising chickens and dairy heifers, the release said.
“By taking care of my animals each day, I am learning how to one day take care of a family,” Seguin said.
He now helps other students learn the basics of raising animals.
“Many younger students now come to me for help with their projects,” he said. “Recently, I led a poultry workshop at our parish project training day, where I taught (them) about the different breeds and varieties of chickens.”
He also taught other youths how to show chickens, how to leg band a chicken and general care-taking tips, the release said.
Seguin said he will use the things he learned during that workshop to train the poultry-judging team he started at the Walker FFA two years ago.
“As you can see, my poultry project is my passion,” Seguin said. “But I have also raised several dairy heifers over the years.”
Local farmers also loan Seguin their heifers to show, and they’re his sole responsibility, the release said.
“My grandpa grew up on a dairy farm, so learning about and raising dairy cows gives me an opportunity to spend time with and learn from him,” he said. “Being in 4-H and FFA has helped me to become a better person through the knowledge I have gained, also the leadership opportunities and community service projects.”
Seguin was judged on his resume, livestock project, 4-H/FFA activities, leadership and community service and an interview.
Ken Guidry, LSU AgCenter agent in St. James Parish, said this year marked the 80th anniversary of the Southeast District Junior Livestock Show, which was Feb. 2-6 at the Livestock Show Facility on the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds in Covington.