Writer: D'Lyn Ford
LAS CRUCES - Eight 4-H ambassadors and diplomats were recently chosen to lead and represent New Mexico at state and national events.
Ambassadors and diplomats were selected based on presentations and interviews in which they spoke about leadership positions, their role models and their most rewarding community service projects.
About 50,000 youth in New Mexico participate in 4-H, which stands for head, heart, hands and health. 4-H, a program of New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service, helps young people gain the life skills they need to become productive citizens, using a hands-on, "learn by doing" approach. It is the world's largest youth organization, with 6.4 million members.
Ambassadors will represent New Mexico at the National 4-H Conference in Washington D.C., April 1-7, assist with the junior livestock programs, present "This is 4-H" workshops and help the New Mexico 4-H Youth Foundation with donor contacts and public relations.
Ambassadors include Amy Byrd, Tucumcari; Kaitlyn Bobbin, Edgewood; Cynthia Sandoval, Cerrillos; and Amanda Plane, Truth or Consequences. Their advisor is Juli Hutchins, Valencia County 4-H agent with NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service.
Byrd has shown pigs, steers and heifers at county and state levels. She is the secretary/treasurer for the New Mexico Junior Angus Association and an FFA member. She has been involved in 4-H for eight years. Her parents are Dale and Debra Mitchell.
Bobbin serves on the 4-H Share/Care advisory board that helps design programs for at-risk children in elementary through middle schools. She has been involved in 4-H for four years and is a member of the Ponderosa 4-H club. Her parents are Rick and Nancy Bobbin.
Sandoval is president of the Turquoise Trail Roadrunners Club in Santa Fe County. She has won the Charlene Eichleman Award and is a member of National Honor Society and Key Club. She has been involved in 4-H for eight years. Her mother is Yolanda Sandoval.
Plane serves as Southern New Mexico State Fair Princess and Sierra County Princess. She is a member of the Caballo Wranglers and has been involved in 4-H for eight years. She is also an FFA member. Her parents are Randy and Debbie Plane.
Diplomats will represent New Mexico at a recreation lab in Heber, Ariz., lead group recreation, teach recreation workshops, assist with the junior livestock program, present "This is 4-H" workshops and help with the State 4-H Conference.
Diplomats include Marsha Bryant, Edgewood; Amber Carman, Albuquerque; Shanna Hardin, Lovington; and Darby Hibner, Deming. Their adviser is Shawn Burrow, Roosevelt County Extension 4-H agent.
Bryant has been involved in 4-H for seven years in the Los Amigos Club. She is an FFA member and was the greenhand vice-president last year. Her parents are Garry and Karen Bryant.
Carman has served as secretary of state for YMCA's Youth in Government program for the past two years. She has been a member of the Pajarito Volando 4-H club for seven years. Her parents are Steven and Diane Carman.
Hardin was chosen to represent her county as 4-H Princess. She has been a Yucca 4-H club member for seven years. She is a member of National Honor Society and Key Club and maintains straight A's. Her parents are Ray and Belinda Hardin.
Hibner has been involved in 4-H for eight years and is a member of the Tumbleweeds 4-H Club. As the son of a county Extension agent, Hibner said the most rewarding 4-H experience for him is getting involved in the community and helping people. His parents are Phil and Paula Hibner.
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