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Lincoln County 4-H member inducted as 4-H state diplomat

Capitan High School sophomore Kylie Hutchison was inducted as a 4-H state diplomat during the annual 4-H Senior Leadership Retreat in Albuquerque in January.

New Mexico 4-H 2014 state leadership team are, from left, Ambassador Molly Thomas, Ambassador Kaitlyn Eldred, Diplomat Kelsey Hayes, Diplomat Sean Owensby, Ambassador Ethan Grant, and Diplomat Kylie Hutchison. The senior 4-H members will share responsibilities in planning and conducting the 2014 Senior Leadership Retreat and assisting with the State 4-H Conference.

Hutchison joins Kelsey Hayes of Bernalillo County and Sean Owensby of Union County as the 2014 state diplomats. Also on the state leadership team are ambassadors Ethan Grant, Molly Thomas and Kaitlyn Elder, all of Bernalillo County.

The senior 4-H members will share the ambassador and diplomat responsibilities, which include assisting with livestock shows at the New Mexico State Fair, planning and conducting the 2014 senior leadership retreat and assisting with the State 4-H Conference.

They will also attend an Arizona team leadership camp, "Journey: Opportunities for Leaders of Tomorrow," and assist the New Mexico 4-H Youth Foundation in contacting donors and with public relations.

The two three-person teams were selected from applicants judged on their public speaking - on the topic of how to attract more 4-H members to the senior leadership retreat ¬- and how they performed during a group project in which they built a tower from paper cups and tape.

"4-H means so many things to me," Hutchison said. "I have applied what I have learned from 4-H in everyday life, from cooking, scrapbooking and public speaking, to making friends and doing the best I can."

Hutchison wanted to be on the state leadership team to be more involved in 4-H and to improve her leadership skills.

During her 4-H participation, she has been her club president and reporter of the Lincoln County Council. She has also won grand champion in meat goat, baking pies and forestry.