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

Des Moines High School sophomore Sean Owensby 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.

Owensby joins Kelsey Hayes of Bernalillo County and Kylie Hutchison of Lincoln 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 is an opportunity to show people what I am capable of doing," Owensby said. "Through 4-H state activities, you get to learn new things with people from around the state."

Owensby added that he has applied what he has learned in 4-H by "helping to get more young kids to join and have a chance at the same opportunities that I have experienced."

He applied for the state team to expand leadership role beyond club president.

"I think it will be a neat experience where I can use what I have learned on a daily basis," he said. "In this role, I would like to gain more experience with dealing with large groups of people."

Owensby's goals include becoming a successful oilfield engineer.