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Hidalgo County resident inducted into New Mexico State University 4-H Hall of Fame

LAS CRUCES - A Hidalgo County resident is among 15 4-H leaders and supporters who were inducted into the state 4-H Hall of Fame recently at New Mexico State University. An unveiling of new nameplates on the hall of fame plaque followed the ceremony.

Sheila Massey receives a plaque from Frank Hodnett, department head of the New Mexico State University Extension Service's 4-H youth development, recently while being inducted into the New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame. (NMSU Photo)

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.

"These individuals have given cumulatively more than 450 years of service to the New Mexico 4-H Program," said Frank Hodnett, department head of the Extension Service's 4-H youth development. "Including this group of inductees, we have inducted 111 individuals and couples into the hall of fame."

This year's inductees include Sheila Massey of Hidalgo County; Anita Blanton, and the late Bill and Catherine Grandia, all of Bernalillo County; C.J. and Nancy Blackburn, Gene and June Locknane and the late Dorothy Marks, all of Curry County; Norbert McCaw of Eddy County; J.M. and Fay Jeffries, and Floyd McAlister, all of Roosevelt County; Don Leonard and Karin Vallo of Sandoval County; Helen Candelaria and the late Alan Grace of San Juan County; Albert and Denise Gonzales of San Miguel County; and Rose Mary Rosas of Socorro County.

Massey has been a dedicated 4-H leader in Hidalgo County for more than 25 years. For 20 of those years she served as organizational leader for the Cotton City 4-H Club before passing the torch to her daughter. Through the years she has taught 4-H members to sew, bake, write speeches and conduct demonstrations and she has even helped with a few animal projects.

"Her kind, caring demeanor and encouraging personality have played a large part in the youth she works with becoming 4-H leaders as adults," Phillip Zuni, NMSU freshman and state 4-H president, said at the induction ceremony. "If there is an event happening and 4-Hers are involved, you will find Ms. Massey there doing whatever needs to be done to support the members and her fellow leaders in making the best better. New Mexico has many outstanding youth in the 4-H programs. This is due largely to 4-H leaders such as Sheila Massey who constantly strive to make the best better."