Morehouse Parish was well represented at the 99th Annual 4-H University at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge June 18 through 21.

Prairie View Academy Juniors Ty Barnhill and Clay Moore, joined over 1,400 eighth- through twelfth-graders from Louisiana’s 64 parishes to participate in the event. Participants competed for best in state in more than 40 events, ranging from plant identification, photography and fashion design to speech-making and child development. In addition, more than 300 participants took part in the noncompetitive learning event called “Clover College,” which includes 12 hours of instruction over three days.

“Many of our students and agents look forward to 4-H University. It is a chance for them to display the knowledge and skills they have learned in 4-H and to see how they compare with their peers,” said Mark Tassin, Department Head for 4-H Youth and Family Development at LSU. “4-H University gives students a chance to experience what is like to live on a major college campus.

“The 4-Hers look forward to and prepare for this week all year,” Tassin added.

During 4-H U, participants were introduced to aspects of college life by residing in on-campus residence halls, hanging out at the LSU Student Union and eating meals in nearby “Tigertown.” The event culminated with an awards ceremony, announcement of newly elected officers and recognition of the past year’s officer team.

Moore received a fourth place Blue Ribbon for his knowledge in the Insect Identification contest. Barnhill participated in the Clover College session, “Forensics: First 48 Hours.” Both Moore and Barnhill were also recognized for their contributions to the State 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassadors team.

For more information about 4-H programs in Morehouse Parish, call the LSU AgCenter at 281-4681.