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New Mexico 4-H state officers begin new term

The 2012-2013 New Mexico 4-H state officers kicked off their term at a recent conference. They have begun planning the many activities for their fellow 4-H members.


Group of kids standing with arms over each others' shoulders. Last boy on right has on a green jacket.
New Mexico 4-H officers for 2012-2013 are, from left, Jami Maestas of Guadalupe County, song and recreation leader; Stephanie Swope of Luna County, parliamentarian; Grace Vickers of Valencia County, reporter; Jordan Spindle of Santa Fe County, treasurer; Kaleb Cleckler of Lincoln County, secretary; Kyle Miller of Curry County, vice president; and Jacob Grant of Bernalillo County, president. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)

This year's officers are Jacob Grant of Bernalillo County, president; Kyle Miller of Curry County, vice president; Kaleb Cleckler of Lincoln County, secretary; Jordan Spindle of Santa Fe County, treasurer; Grace Vickers of Valencia County, reporter; Stephanie Swope of Luna County, parliamentarian; and Jami Maestas of Guadalupe County, song and recreation leader.

As members of the state officer team they will plan and conduct the Youth Get-Away, state conference and provide county and multi-county leadership workshops. They will also contact public officials on 4-H-related matters and help at the New Mexico State Fair.

Grant, who served on the New Mexico state officer team last year as the vice president, is a senior at Early College Academy in Albuquerque. Through his 4-H career he has held many leadership offices including Bernalillo County Council president and his local club leader. He has also served as the International Foreign Youth Exchange county chair.

"After serving one term on the state officer team I learned how much I love helping to promote youth development in our state," Grant said. "I really enjoy meeting new people from throughout the state."

Miller is a New Mexico State University freshman from Clovis. During his 4-H career he has represented New Mexico at the National 4-H Congress; was Best of Show at the Curry County Fair for his wool projects; and received the high individual award for archery at the district level.

"As a state officer I want to provide people with information about 4-H and show them what our organization is about and what they can get out of participating in 4-H," Miller said. "My most memorable 4-H moment was going to the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Ga. I was able to meet more members from across the country and I learned more about other states. The different sections I attended expanded my leadership skills."

Cleckler is a junior at Capitan High School. During his 4-H career he has held many offices at the local and county level, including current president of the Lincoln County 4-H Council. He has also served at his high school as an FFA officer, Student Senate officer and class officer. He is a member of the National Honor Society.

"I wanted to be a state officer so I can give back to 4-H, which has helped me be the person I am today," Cleckler said. "I have grown so much through my involvement with 4-H and I want to help younger members learn and grow."

Spindle is a sophomore at Moriarty High School. During her 4-H career she has served as treasurer of the Santa Fe County 4-H Council and president of her local 4-H club.

"I wanted to be a 4-H state officer because I want to improve other's experiences in 4-H, as well as my own," Spindle said. "Also as an officer it will allow me to meet more people from around the state."

Vickers is a senior at Valencia High School in Los Lunas. During her 4-H career she has served in several positions including 4-H State Ambassador in 2011, vice president of the Valencia County 4-H Council and president of her local club. She has also served as president and vice president of her FFA chapter and captain of her school's cross country team.

"As a state officer I want to give back to the 4-H program as well as use the leadership skills I have acquired," Vickers said. "I also want to meet new people and learn more about being a leader."

Swope is a junior at Deming High School. During her 4-H career she has served in many leadership roles and as the vice president of the Deming FFA chapter.

"As a state officer I want to help the youth of New Mexico to see their potential and to further develop my leadership skills," Swope said.

Maestas is a sophomore home-schooled student in Santa Rosa. During her 4-H career she has served in many leadership roles, including current president of her local 4-H club, and has received her county's Outstanding 4-H Member and Overall Achievement awards. She has served as a counselor for the 4-H Youth Get-Away Camp.

"As a state officer I want to promote the 4-H program throughout the state by involving the youth and the public," Maestas said. "I want to be able to help 4-H members achieve their goals and have fun making memories and lasting friendships."