Writer: D'Lyn Ford
LAS CRUCES - Twelve New Mexico 4-H members who submitted winning project record books will take an expense-paid trip to the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 28 to Dec. 2. Winners were announced at the State 4-H Conference awards ceremony July 17.
Joshua Baca of Valencia County is a shooting sports project winner. His projects include shooting sports and welding. He is the Zia 4-H Club president and county vice president. Baca is a student at Los Lunas Career Academy. His parents are Salomon and Lori Baca.
Rachael Davis of San Juan County is a dairy goat project winner. As a member of the Clever Clovers 4-H Club, Davis has participated in projects and community service activities from showing goats to donating nonperishable goods for food drives. Davis is a student at Aztec High School. Her parents are Richard and Annette Davis.
Stacey Eberhart of Chaves County is a horse project winner. A member of the LB/OC 4-H Club, Eberhart said that 4-H has taught her cooperation, trustworthiness, respect, responsibility and leadership skills. She has won several judging awards. Eberhart is an incoming freshman at NMSU. Her parents are Gary and Jan Eberhart.
Kendra J. Harvey of Sandoval County is an archery project winner. As a member of Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD), Harvey flew to Nymburk, Czech Republic, in 2002 for a junior world archery competition. Harvey has placed first at several JOAD competitions. A member of the Rio Rancho Clovers 4-H Club, Harvey is a homeschool student. Her parents are Jay and Jenniffer Harvey.
Jaymelynn Kay Johnson of De Baca County is a market swine project winner. A member of Valley 4-H Club, Johnson has participated in projects from clothing to showing swine. She has won the New Mexico Bred Swine Show and the Swine Showmanship award competition at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair. She will study animal science at NMSU. Her parents are Doug and Sharolyn Johnson.
Kaylynn Johnson of De Baca County is a market steer project winner. As a member of Valley 4-H Club, Johnson has served on many committees and has held office as county council secretary and club treasurer. A freshman at Fort Sumner High School, Johnson said that 4-H has taught her the value of hard work and responsibility. Her parents are Doug and Sharolyn Johnson.
Julianne Lane of San Juan County is a poultry project winner. A member of the
Clever Clovers 4-H Club, Lane has shown grand champion turkeys, ducks and chickens. She has been 4-H club secretary. Lane is a student at Aztec High School. Her parents are Michael and Dolores Lynn Lane.
Cindy Legleiter of Roosevelt County is a clothing project winner. Though she has held several offices in Arch 4-H Club, Legleiter said her most memorable time was her year as county council parliamentarian. She is a freshman at Eastern New Mexico University. Her parents are Mack and Marjorie Legleiter.
Dylan Merrigan of Santa Fe County is a landscaping project winner. Merrigan has participated in a wide variety of projects ranging from raising lambs to astronomy. He has served as vice president and secretary of Northern Stars 4-H Club. Merrigan is a senior at St. Michael's High School. His parents are Tim and Dottie Merrigan.
Britney Millet of Sandoval County is a horse project winner. A passion for horses led Millet to join Starbucks 4-H Club. She has trained and competed with horses others said were untrainable. Millet has held several offices in her club including president, vice president, treasurer, secretary and delegate. Millet is a sophomore at Mesilla Valley Christian School. Her parents are Don and Carol Millet.
Diego P. Sánchez of Santa Fe County is a gardening project winner. Sánchez is currently developing a Web site where people can find and share information about farm, business or agricultural operations. He has been president and vice president of the Northern Stars 4-H Club, among other offices. Sánchez is a senior at Pojoaque High School. His parents are Gary and Paula Sánchez.
Lindsay Thomen of Doña Ana County is a leadership project winner. Thomen has progressed from being unable to distinguish lettuce from cabbage, to becoming high-point individual in horticulture judging. She has chaired many events for Valle Verde 4-H Club and has also held office. Thomen is a junior at Las Cruces High School. Her parents are Richard H. and Gloria C. Thomen.
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