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St. John 4-Hers make their marks in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE — Coy Vedol served on the state executive board for Louisiana 4-H this past year.

The St. John the Baptist Parish teenager is a dedicated St. John 4-H member who completed an intense application process, including an interview, standing out in a field of dozens of applicants from around the state at 4-H University.

As a member of the board, Coy helped with planning and participating in 4-H University.

Coy was one of six 4-H teens from St. John Parish who joined nearly 2,000 other Louisiana youth to compete in statewide competitions and attend Clover College at 4-H University at LSU.

“These six talented youth represented St. John 4-H in a big way,” St. John Parish Assistant Extension 4-H Agent Brittney Ivey said. “The staff at the LSU AgCenter 4-H Office is extremely proud of the dedication and accomplishments of these teens.”

St. John contest participants included Jai Gaines (East St. John Preparatory Academy) in Speech and the team of Angelica Carter (East St. John High) and Elijahnae Nelson (East St. John High) in 4-H Talent.

St. John also had three participants in Clover College, including Kierra Bell in A Day in the Life: Exploring Modern Technology and the Health Profession Student and Emily Bartholomew and Coy Vedol attended Graphic Design.

This year, 4-H University, celebrated with a “4-H is in this Together” theme. Teens stayed in the LSU dorms and were given the opportunity to experience “college life” on the beautiful and diverse Baton Rouge campus, while taking part in programs and activities offered by the LSU AgCenter. All contest participants attended educational sessions and short educational trips during their week at 4-H University.

For more information on St. John 4-H, contact Ivey at 985-497-3261 or bivey@agcenter.lsu.edu.