Writer: D'Lyn Ford
LAS CRUCES -- Eight New Mexico 4-H members were chosen in January to serve as 1998 state ambassadors and diplomats.
The ambassadors and diplomats will serve as a part of the state 4-H leadership team for 1998, assisting with leadership events throughout the year. Both groups work with the state 4-H officers to plan the State 4-H Conference in July. They also will plan the Senior Leadership Retreat in January.
4-H is a New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service program.
The ambassadors travel to Washington, D.C., for the National 4-H Conference. The diplomat group will travel to a leadership camp in Montana or Idaho.
To apply, 4-H members had to submit an application form outlining their 4-H activities and a two-page essay on what 4-H has done for them and what they can offer the program as an ambassador or diplomat.
The four ambassadors are Mollie Hightower of Carrizozo, Dustin Hinkle of Alamogordo, Julia Podzemny of Sedan and Joleen Szaloy of Tucumcari. They will be advised by Dian Mastin, Extension home economist in San Juan County.
Hightower's main 4-H projects have included foods, citizenship, market steer and market swine. She is a sophomore at Carrizozo High School and is active in volleyball, basketball and band. Hightower is a member of the Mal Pais Colts 4-H Club.
Hinkle has participated in the braiding, woodworking and market swine 4-H projects. He's also been active in livestock judging and parliamentary procedure. He is a sophomore at Alamogordo High School and is involved in FFA and baseball. Hinkle is a member of the La Luz 4-H Club.
Podzemny has competed in the sewing and baking 4-H projects and has given demonstrations on several subjects. She is involved in her church and is a junior fire fighter. Podzemny is a member of the Mount Dora 4-H Club.
Szaloy's main 4-H projects have included rifle, breeding sheep and market lamb, swine and steer. She participates in speaking, demonstrations and the FFA Creed and prepared public speaking contests. Szaloy is a member of the Cockleburrs 4-H Club.
The 4-H members chosen as diplomats are Donna Bateman of Moriarty, Mary Beth Bond of Carrizozo, Jenna Hardin of Lovington and Terri Robinson of Roy. Their adviser will be Kerry Taylor, Extension 4-H agent in Grant County.
Bateman's main 4-H projects have been horse, rodeo, archery and leadership. She is active in the Messengers Show Choir at her high school, and many horse activities. She is a junior at Moriarty High School and a member of the Moriarty Westerners 4-H Club.
Bond has been involved in the baking, sewing, braiding, dairy and market swine. She also has been active in band, volleyball, basketball, cheerleading and student council. Bond is a freshman at Carrizozo High School and a member of the Mal Pais Colts 4-H Club.
Hardin's main 4-H projects have been photography, fibercraft, market swine and interior design. She works with the Cloverbuds, 5- to 8-year-old 4-H members, in her county, and is the Lovington Junior High School mascot. Hardin is a freshman, and a member of the Yucca 4-H Club.
Robinson has been involved in the market lamb, beef breeding, heifer and market swine 4-H projects. She serves as student council vice-president at Roy High School and is involved in the Character Counts program. She is a junior and a member of the Tumbleweeds 4-H Club.
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