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State 4-H officers elected at state conference

The 2008-09 State 4-H Council Officer Team was elected during the 85th Annual State 4-H Conference held July 14-18 in Las Cruces at New Mexico State University.

The 2008-09 State 4-H Council Officer Team are, back row from left, advisor Tom Dean, reporter Kyra Grant, vice-president Marshal Wilson, parliamentarian Thomas Judd and secretary Kassi Grooms and, front row from left, song and recreation leader Melanie Harris, treasurer Belynn Sharp and president Taysha Ham. (NMSU photo by Margaret Kovar)

The seven officers campaigned throughout the week-long event with posters, business cards and speeches. Delegates representing counties from across the state voted for the candidates during the conference.

The 2008-09 president is Taysha Ham, 16, of Truth or Consequences. She enjoys sewing and showing livestock, and competed in the wildlife and pasture and range contests while at state conference.

Marshal Wilson, 16, of Carrizozo, was elected vice-president. He shows steers, heifers, pigs and horses. He also competed in the public speaking contest.

Kassi Grooms, 16, of Las Cruces was elected secretary. She participated in the crops and wildlife contests at the conference.

"Getting to be a state officer is amazing. I will be able to make a difference in the lives of others the way past 4-H state officers have made a difference in mine," Grooms said.

The 2008-09 treasurer is Belynn Sharp, 16, of Estancia. She enjoys sewing and baking and competed in the Livestock Skill-a-thon.

Kyra Grant, 16, of Fort Sumner was selected as reporter. She shows heifers and steers and competed in the Fashion Revue contest.

Thomas Judd, 16, of Las Cruces was elected parliamentarian. He competed in public speaking.

"I believe 4-H is one of the world's greatest organizations. I am proud to be an officer and I hope to positively impact many lives," Judd said.

The 2008-09 song and recreation leader is Melanie Harris, 16, of San Antonio. She shows pigs and rabbits and competed in the horticulture and meats contests.

The advisor to the 2008-09 State 4-H Council Officer Team is Tom Dean, of Socorro.

The NMSU 4-H program is dedicated to enabling youth to become productive, well-informed, self-reliant and responsible adults.