Writer: D'Lyn Ford
LAS CRUCES - Eight New Mexico high school students will lead 4-H activities and represent New Mexico at state and national events as 2003 4-H ambassadors and diplomats.
The ambassadors are Brittney Burgess-Kwiatkowski of Los Alamos, Jamie Gerard of Socorro, Chelsea Pinedo of Portales and Rachael Lindsay Thomen of Las Cruces.
Burgess-Kwiatkowski has been involved with 4-H in Los Alamos County for more than six years. She is president of her local 4-H club. She is the daughter of Chris and Stacey Kwiatkowski.
Gerard is actively involved in 4-H. She is president of her club, Que Posse Riders, and is the treasurer of the Socorro County Council. She is the daughter of Blake and Sonja Gerard.
Pinedo is a member of the Arch 4-H Club in Roosevelt County and has been in 4-H for nine years. She also judges dairy and crops in the FFA. She is the daughter of Joe and Kalyn Pinedo.
Thomen is currently serving as first vice-president of her club, Valle Verde 4-H Club, and has been a member for eight years. She is also treasurer of the Dona Ana County 4-H Council. She is the daughter of Richard and Gloria Thomen.
The diplomats are Chelsea Daugherty of Alamogordo, Jenna Pisel of Albuquerque, Dusti Cason of Magdalena and Sarah Crumbley of Las Cruces.
Daugherty has been involved in 4-H for 17 years and has been an official member in Otero County for eight years. She is the daughter of Wayne and Dalyne Daugherty.
Pisel is president and council international exchange representative for the Bernalillo County 4-H Council. She is the daughter of Terry and Kimberlee Pisel.
Cason serves as secretary in the Socorro County 4-H Council. She is the daughter of Ken and Jo Cason.
Crumbley is the project leader for "This is 4-H" Project and the Braiding Project for the Fort Selden 4-H club. She also judges livestock for Las Cruces High School. She is the daughter of Bonnie and Will Hillie.
More than 50,000 young people in New Mexico are involved in 4-H, which offers more than 200 hands-on projects that teach life-skills. 4-H is offered statewide through New Mexico State University's Cooperative extension Service. For more information, contact the county Extension office.
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