During the week of June 19-22, over 1,500 4-H members from around the state of Louisiana attended the 104th annual 4-H University held on the Louisiana State University campus in Baton Rouge. The theme this year was “We’re in this Together.” 

During the Wednesday night assembly, there was a special presentation by Hoan Do, a motivational speaker and competitor on American Ninja Warrior. He talked about the how suicide can seem like an easy way out but there are more things to live for. He encouraged the youth to block negative thoughts they may have that prevent them from accomplishing their dreams. Attending members could choose to either compete in contests or they could attend Clover College. The contests ranged from poultry judging to career preparations to outdoor skills, and the top individual and top team won educational trips all over the United States. In Clover College, members could choose between 11 tracks where they learned hands on what their said track involved.

Morehouse Parish had five participants attend this year. Those in attendance were Christianna R., Paris C., Bailey W., Vincent W. and Miya W. Christianna and Bailey competed in poultry judging, Paris competed in public speaking and received a Blue Ribbon and Vincent and Miya attended the Clover College program on pollution.

Also during the conference, members could interview for state boards. Christianna will be on the 2018-2019 Executive Board as a Regional Representative and Kristopher M. will be on the 2018-2019 Shooting Sports Ambassador Board. Congratulations to all those that attended, competed and are now on state boards. If you would like to join Morehouse Parish 4-H or would like to attend 4-H University next year call Denise Guyewski at (318) 281-5741.