Writer: D'Lyn Ford
LAS CRUCES - Fourteen New Mexico 4-H members who submitted winning record books took expense-paid trips to the National 4-H Congress Nov. 22-27 in Atlanta, Ga.
The 4-H members who attended are Raquel Avitia of Dexter, Brenda Bryant of Edgewood, Luther Dunlap of Animas, Stephanie Finch of Lemitar, Lindsay Gilbert of Clovis, Candice Grooms of Las Cruces, Brandon Herron of Roy, Darby Hibner of Deming, Tasha Hopper of Roswell, Amanda Plane of Truth or Consequences, Jace Rivera of Los Lunas, Andres Sanchez of Santa Fe, Kandice Webster of Carlsbad and Thomas Wortman of Raton. Jamelynn Johnson of Fort Sumner qualified for the conference but did not attend.
Avitia, a swine project winner, is a member of Berrendo 4-H Club in Chaves County. She attends Dexter High School and is the daughter of Jose and Mary Avitia.
Bryant, of Santa Fe County, is a swine project winner. She is majoring in agricultural and extension education at New Mexico State University (NMSU) and is the daughter of Garry and Karen Bryant.
Dunlap, of Hidalgo County, is a leadership project winner. He is studying animal science at NMSU. His parents are Richard and Tammy Dunlap.
Finch, of Socorro County, is a swine project winner. A student at Socorro High School, she is the daughter of Arvil and Nelda Finch. She is a member of the Tumbleweed 4-H Club.
Gilbert, of Curry County, is a leadership project winner. She is studying agricultural business and mechanical engineering at NMSU. Her parents are Randall and Judy Gilbert.
Grooms, of Dona Ana County, is an achievement project winner. She is majoring in family and consumer sciences education at NMSU. Her parents are William and Cindy Grooms.
Herron, of Harding County, is a market lamb project winner. A member of the Roy Clover 4-H Club, he attends Mosquero Municipal Schools. His parents are Lawrence Allen and Lori Lee Herron.
Hibner, of Luna County, is a public speaking project winner. He is a member of the Tumbleweed 4-H Club and attends Deming High School. He is the son of Phil and Paula Hibner.
Hopper, of Chaves County, is a rodeo project winner. She is studying sports medicine at NMSU. Her parents are Alan and Doneta Hopper.
Plane, of Sierra County, is this year's market and breeding sheep project winner. She attends Hot Springs High School in Truth or Consequences and is a member of Caballo Wranglers 4-H Club. Her parents are Randy and Debbie Plane.
Rivera is a market beef project winner. He is the son of John and Becky Rivera and attends Belen High School. He is a member of the Trail Blazers 4-H Club in Valencia County.
Sanchez is a dairy project winner and member of the Northern Stars 4-H Club. Sanchez attends Pojoaque High School in Santa Fe County and is the son of Paula and Gary Sanchez.
Webster, the market lamb project winner, is a member of Carlsbad 4-H Club in Eddy County. She attends Carlsbad High School and is the daughter of John and Kelly Webster.
Wortman, a rifle project winner, is a member of the Johnson Mesa 4-H Club in Colfax County. He is the son of Orval T. and Susan Wortman and attends Raton High School.
Market swine project winner Johnson of DeBaca County did not attend the conference in Atlanta. Johnson is the daughter of Doug and Sharolyn Johnson and attends Fort Sumner High School.
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