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NMSU’s 2016 State 4-H ambassadors, diplomats selected

Another Senior Leadership Retreat has passed for New Mexico 4-H, and another eager group of senior aged 4-H’ers has been selected to serve their fellow members.


Four young women standing
State 4-H diplomats are (left to right) Savanah Williams of San Juan County, Katelynn Kenyon of De Baca County, Emily Montoya of Dona Ana County and Hannah Grant of Bernalillo County. (NMSU courtesy photo)
Three young women and one young man standing
State 4-H ambassadors are (left to right) Brianna Chavez of Socorro County, Isabella Lucero of Bernalillo County, Faith Bohannon of Cibola County and Gabriel Doherty of San Juan County. (NMSU courtesy photo)

Each year, 4-H members, ages 14-18, have the opportunity to apply for a state 4-H diplomat or ambassador position. The applicants then go through an interview process the day before the Senior Leadership Retreat in Albuquerque. Candidates give presentations or demonstrations on how they would plan an activity for a weekend event to recruit youth 13-14 years old. They also participate in an interview and team activity.

The judging committee then picked four diplomats and four ambassadors. These youth are: Isabella Lucero, Brianna Chavez, Faith Bohannon, Gabriel Doherty, Savannah Williams, Emilee Montoya, Hannah Grant and Katelynn Kenyon.

“The state 4-H ambassador and diplomat positions are important to both leadership development for youth and the 4-H program as a whole,” 4-H youth activities specialist Amy Zemler said. “When serving in these positions youth have the opportunity to develop and practice their leadership skills when representing the state through hosting events and delivering workshops.”

Each newly installed ambassador and diplomat was asked why they pursued their position.

“I wanted to be a 4-H ambassador because of the change we can make in the state, also learning leadership and communication skills, as well as better public speaking,” said Lucero, of Bernalillo County.

Chavez, of Socorro County, said, “I wanted to be an ambassador so that I would have more opportunities to encourage and impact other 4-H’ers to better themselves through New Mexico 4-H.”

“I wanted to be an ambassador because not many people have done it in my county. I want to be a role model for young kids,” said Bohannon, of Cibola County.

“I have been in 4-H for six years and have achieved many awards. I truly felt that if I did not serve on the state leadership team, my career would be incomplete,” said Doherty, of San Juan County. “On the State Leadership team I wish to pass the flame of 4-H passion to others. I also wanted to see the behind-the-scenes of New Mexico 4-H.”

“A long time ago, I was having a rough year and a diplomat became the friend I didn’t have at the time; we are still very close friends today. I want to do that for someone else, to be their friend when they really need one,” said Williams, of San Juan County.

“Growing up in 4-H, I always knew people who were on the state leadership team and considered them to be one of my greatest role models, so now that I am older and able to be on the team, I would like to positively influence other youth in the way others influenced me,” said Montoya, of Dona Ana County.

“To grow stronger in my own leadership skills and to be more confident in who I am,” were reasons cited by Grant, of Bernalillo County, “I want to be able to be encouraging to other people who love 4-H and who have gone through similar struggles I have gone through.”

“I wanted to be a diplomat so I can be there for 4-H’ers, like someone was for me. I want to have a voice and authority in 4-H,” said Kenyon, of De Baca County, “I saw this as a opportunity to make a difference and make the best better.”

The diplomats and ambassadors have many responsibilities throughout their year of service. These include putting on workshops at “Journey: Opportunities for Leaders of Tomorrow” in Arizona, planning the state conference alongside the state officer team, helping with livestock shows at the New Mexico State Fair and planning and putting on the Senior Leadership Retreat next year.

The 4-H youth development program is part of NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service, and the state 4-H office is on the NMSU campus.

For more information about 4-H, call 575-646-3026 or visit http://aces.nmsu.edu/4h.