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LAS CRUCES - Eight New Mexico high school students were chosen to lead 4-H activities and represent New Mexico at state and national events as 2004 4-H ambassadors and diplomats.
The ambassadors are Marshall Wilson of Doņa Ana County, Inger Oldenburgh of Santa Fe County, Carol Lange of Cibola County and Chris Hester of Lea County.
Wilson is a member of the Hatch Fifth H 4-H Club. He has served as club president, treasurer, and song and recreation leader and Doņa Ana County council reporter. He is the son of Sam and Merita Wilson.
Oldenburgh, a member of the Howling Coyotes 4-H Club, has been in 4-H for nine years. She says the high point of her 4-H career was serving on the county council. She is the daughter of Kareen Reyer and Alfred Martinez Jr.
Lange, secretary of the Banditos 4-H Club, has been a member for eight years. She says her most rewarding experience has bonding with her family and friends. She is the daughter of Charles William and Kathy Hoyt Lange.
Hester, a county council delegate for the Yucca 4-H Club, says his most gratifying 4-H experience was attending the National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational in Raton. He is the son of Carl and Susan Hester.
The diplomats are Kari Branum of Cibola County, Kaycee McDaniel of Lea County, Laura Alexander of Santa Fe County and Shawn Perraglio of Rio Arriba County.
Branum, president of the Cibola County Council, is a nine-year member of the Ridgerunners 4-H Club. Her favorite 4-H memory was assisting a younger member with bracing his lambs. Because of her advice, he won first in the show. She is the daughter of James and Lynda Branum.
McDaniel, a seven-year member of the Yucca 4-H Club, has served as reporter, council delegate, flag bearer and vice president. She represented Lea County as 4-H princess. She is the daughter of Gary and Denise McDaniel.
Alexander has been a 4-H member for 10 years. As president and treasurer of the Wide Horizons 4-H club, she says enjoys meeting new people and making friends at events around the state. She is the daughter of Bill and Marci Alexander.
Perraglio has served as vice president and treasurer in the Abiquiu Hillbillies 4-H Club. The most rewarding experience in his nine-year 4-H career was winning the Talamante Top Hand Buckle at the county fair. His parents are Tracy and Lisa Perraglio.
4-H has 61,000 members in New Mexico and 6.8 million worldwide, making it the world's largest youth organization. Members learn life skills such as citizenship, leadership and public speaking. 4-H'ers acquire hands-on experience through projects and contests as they follow the 4-H motto, learn by doing.
For more information about 4-H, contact the Cooperative Extension Service office in your county or call the state 4-H office at (505) 646-3026. Online information is at http://cahe.nmsu.edu/4h/.
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