The daughter of Timothy and Gwen Broussard, Leah is a 16-year-old 10-grade student at Abbeville High School. She is the third of seven children; her siblings include Jared, Nicholas, Britney, Marcus, Annemarie and Christopher.
Leah has been an active 4-H member involved in the Beef Project for the past eight years, raising and showing Braford cattle. She began her 4-H career while in the third grade at the age of nine.
Some of Leah’s major accomplishments in the Beef Project and the show ring include: winning first place four years in a row in the parish Beef Premier Exhibitor Contest, which earned her belt buckles. She is very competitive in showmanship, earning numerous prizes and awards. Leah and her family travel to 10 cattle shows every year, where she continues to perform very well with her Braford heifers and bulls.
Leah is also very active in other 4-H projects and activities. She has participated in 4-H University since the seventh grade. She was the state winner in Ag Products Demo and Horticulture Use Demo. She was awarded all expense-paid-trips to Chattanooga, Tenn., and San Antonio, Texas, for her efforts.
Leah has also been very active with record books, competing on the parish and state level. With her state records, she has been awarded a $75 savings bond, an all-expense-paid trip to New Orleans, and most recently, won a trip to Club Congress in Atlanta, which will take place this fall during the Thanksgiving holidays.
Leah is also dedicated to promoting the beef industry. She has been competing in the Beef Ambassador contest for several years and has won the state title of Beef Ambassador, which has allowed her to travel around the parish and state promoting the beef industry. She has given numerous speeches on the local, parish, state and the national levels, informing consumers about beef and its benefits.
Leah is also involved in the Vermilion Parish 4-H Junior Leader Club, where she serves as the historian. This club has allowed Leah to participate in community service learning projects concerning citizenship, coastal erosion, meningitis awareness, and this year will be focusing on children with special needs. Leah is also a leader in her school 4-H club, where she has been serving as president for the past two years.
In addition to 4-H, Leah is active in the Louisiana Junior Braford Breeders and the National Junior Braford Association (NJBA). She has served on the board of directors for these organizations for the past five years in several officer positions and is the past president of the NJBA. Leah is also a member of the Louisiana Junior Cattleman’s Association and was honored as the Junior Parade Marshall of the 2007 Louisiana Cattle Festival.
Leah is a very hard worker, dedicated, dependable and loves to help others. Because of her efforts and many accomplishments, Leah is most deserving of the honor to be named Junior Cattleman for the 2009 Louisiana Cattle Festival.