Tuesday, June 19

SU Ag Center’s Family and Youth Expo Builds Confidence in Students

Bossier senior team wins 1st place in Quiz Bowl
Baton Rouge, LA - The Southern University Ag Center’s annual Family and Youth Exposition successfully concluded on June 16 with awards ceremony.  The culminating event for the 2011 youth development program activities statewide, brought 350 youth together for a two-day educational, fun-filled experience. The youth competitions were outstanding. In the Quiz Bowl competition, Calcasieu Parish took first place among the junior teams, followed by East/West Carroll Parishes and St. Landry Parish in third place. Bossier Parish took first place in the senior category; second place went to East/West Carroll Parishes; and East Baton Rouge took third place.
True to this year’s theme, the youth made a strong connection with the agricultural sciences. Illustrated talk and public speaking contests centered on agricultural topics. Among the public speaking contestants was 18-year old Ariel Chapman from Calcasieu Parish who spoke on the topic of “By-products of Corn.” Chapman, a first time contestant came from St. Louis Catholic High School. Laken Chambers also from Calcasieu Parish vied for the prize in the middle school category of illustrated talk on the topic of “The Miracle of the Chicken.”  Chambers, also a first time contestant came from Lake Charles Charter Academy.

“Speaking to the public is ok and I look forward to doing it again next year,” said Chambers.
Among the seasoned contestants was Kaisha Olivier from St. Martin Parish who competed in public speaking on the topic of “Economic Success.” The second time contestant said she chose economics “to learn how to be successful in economics in the future, and how to speak in front of big groups.”

Na'kaven Chevalier traveled from St. Martin Parish to attend the Expo for the first time so he could observe and learn how to prepare to join the competition next year.
“I came to learn public speaking, illustrated talk, and see the Southern University campus so I can return next year and compete in public speaking,” said Chevalier.

During the general assembly on June 15, Wilbert Montgomery, a 2012 Capitol High School graduate, youth presenter, did an excellent job of reciting President Obama’s inauguration speech. Montgomery starts college this fall in Baton Rouge.
Youth arrived on June 14, got acquainted and enjoyed fun activities on the grounds of the Southern University Ag Center despite scattered showers. The next two days, they participated in educational seminars, workshops, illustrated talk, public speaking, and quiz bowl competitions. The event concluded on June 16 with awards and recognitions.

Each year, Southern University Ag Center specialists, agents, and researchers deliver a memorable program. This year was no different.
“We are receiving a lot of positive feedback about this year’s event,” said Dr. Wanda Burke, youth development specialist and event organizer.

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