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Lincoln County resident inducted into New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame

Lincoln County resident Kristin Sultemeier was inducted into the New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame at New Mexico State University during the 4-H State Conference.

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Kristen Sultemeier, of Lincoln County, receives a recipient plaque in honor of her volunteer service to the county 4-H program. Presenting the plaque is Rick Richardson, NMSU 4-H Youth Development interim department head. (NMSU photo by Jocelyn Apodaca)

?This is the highest honor we have to offer people who have provided support and service to 4-H members in New Mexico,? said Rick Richardson, interim department head of the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service?s 4-H Youth Development Program. ?Including this group, we have inducted 211 individuals and couples into the hall of fame.?

Sultemeier has been a volunteer 4-H leader in Lincoln County for 25 years, beginning while raising her three children in the 4-H program. She has been a 4-H Organizational Leader for 20 of those years.

?One of her specialties is facilitating the entomology and horticulture contest during the Lincoln County 4-H contests every year,? said Makayla Richardson, state 4-H secretary, during the ceremony.

Starting in 2002, Sultemeier became the Lincoln County Fair 4-H indoor exhibits superintendent. She orders all the ribbons for the fair and secures sponsor donations for awards and buckles, and she also helps with Capitan Buyers Club and is in charge of Lead Line during the fair.

?Mrs. Sultemeier is a key player during project meetings, county council fundraisers, and community service projects,? Richardson said. ?She has spent countless hours planning, preparing and fine-tuning programs and projects alongside the youth of Lincoln County.?

Her dedication to the 4-H program in New Mexico as a parent, leader and volunteer is part of the strong history of the state program, Richardson added.

The hall of fame, established in 2002, honors 4-H members, volunteer leaders, fair superintendents, advisory board members, 4-H Foundation trustees and former faculty with NMSU?s Cooperative Extension Service, which administers 4-H statewide.

Joining Sultemeier as 2015 inductees are Paul Hay, of Eddy County; Joe Atkins, of Harding County; Pete Gnatkowski, of Lincoln County; Randy and Diane Lieb, of Roosevelt County; and David and Mary Howard, of Santa Fe County.