|Youth in the SU Ag Center model garden|
|Youth learn about the harmful effects of tobacco use|
|12-year old Miracle Styles competes in public speaking|
|Quiz bowl contest|
Baton Rouge, La - The Southern University Ag Center’s annual Family and Youth Exposition successfully concluded on June 20 with an awards ceremony. The culminating event for the 2015 youth development program activities statewide, brought nearly 600 youth together for a two-day educational, fun-filled experience. Each year, Southern University Ag Center specialists, agents, and researchers deliver a memorable program. This year was different in the number of participants topping the 500 mark with Avoyelles Parish leading with a record-high of 256 students.
This year’s Expo was themed "Discover the Reward of Educating & Advancing Minds." The youth made a strong connection with the agricultural sciences and beyond.
The youth competitions were outstanding. In the Quiz Bowl contest, Iberia Parish took first place in the junior category and Morehouse Parish came in first among the senior teams. The second place in the junior category went to East Baton Rouge Parish while St. Helena/Tangipahoa placed third. In the senior category, St. Landry Parish placed second and Calcasieu was third.
The Illustrated Talk and Public Speaking competitions centered on diverse topics and comprised of three categories respectively. In the ages 9-12 group, Isaiah Bonner of Caddo Parish took first place and Joseph Goodbear & Makhi Carnell of St. Martin Parish placed second. Among the 13-15 year old, Taylor Threats & Chardai Burks of West Carroll Parish placed first, Jasmine Owuamanam of St. Martin second, and Jordan Curry of Madison Parish third. In the 16-18 year category, the lone contestant, Seth Portier of St. Martin took first place.
Among the Public Speaking contestants, in the ages 9-12 category, Marqus Maitland of Desoto Parish took first place, Miracle Styles of Madison Parish, second and Quinn Jean-Batiste of St. Martin third. In the 13-15 age group, Kayla Hawkins of Orleans Parish won first place, while Jon’Terrinee Lewis of St. Landry Parish, second and Amaiya Bickham also of St. Landry third. The 16-18 year old winners were first, Kanessia Crouthers of Madison Parish and second Aerial Anderson of Orleans Parish.
Youth arrived on Thursday, June 18, 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 Saturday, June 14 with awards and recognition.
Our retiring Chancellor Leodrey Williams was present for his final Youth & Family Expo and bid farewell to the youth with parting advice. “Life is about helping somebody else better their lives,” said Dr. Williams. He concluded with an expression of thanks to all.
Dr. Wanda Burke serves as Youth Development Specialist and Expo event chair.