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4-H winners will travel to National 4-H Congress

Record book winners for New Mexico 4-H will represent their state at the National 4-H Congress held Nov. 23-28 in Atlanta, Ga.

ense paid trips will be taken by the winning individuals announced and awarded during the 83rd annual State 4-H Conference held July 10-14 at New Mexico State University. The trips will be sponsored by the New Mexico 4-H Foundation.

A record book is the log of experiences and expenses that members record while working on a 4-H project.

"They usually spend all year keeping journals and records for the different things that they have done related to the project they are focusing the book on," said Amy Zemler, 4-H activities specialist for NMSU.

This year's record book winners are Kasey Armstrong, Haley Porter, Samantha Hille, Danielle Hille, Julia Acree, Bonnie McCauley, Valtie Riddle, Marissa Ham, Klessy Muncy, Jennifer Driskell and Dustie Powell.

Armstrong has been a member of the Colfax County 4-H program for six years. She concentrated her record book on the horse project.

Porter is a nine-year member of the Rocky Mountain 4-H Club in Colfax County. She submitted her record book on the subject of shooting sports.

Samantha Hille has been a member of the Fort Selden 4-H Club for nine years. Her record book focused on dairy cattle.

Danielle Hille has been a Doņa Ana County 4-H member for eight years. Her submission was about the rabbit project.

Acree has been a Roosevelt County 4-H member for six years. She focused her record book on the rabbit project.

McCauley of Silver City has been a member of the White Signal 4-H Club for eight years. Her record book was about the market lamb project.

Riddle is a decade-long 4-H member from Quay County and is in the Wranglers 4-H Club. Riddle focused her submission on the horse project.

Ham has been a member of the Engle Ropers 4-H Club in Sierra County for nine years. Her record book was about the meat goat project.

Muncy is an eight-year member of the 4-H program in Sierra County. She submitted a record book about the beef cattle project.

Driskell has been a Bosque Farms 4-H Club member in Valencia County for seven years. She focused her efforts on the sewing project.

Powell has been involved with 4-H for nine years. An Albuquerque resident, Powell is a member of the Baits, Bullets, and Bows 4-H Club of Valencia County. She entered her project under the beef project.

The 4-H Youth Development Program was implemented in1902 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to introduce improved methods of farming and homemaking throughout the country. Today it is the largest youth organization in the world with approximately 7 million members in America alone and programs in 80 additional countries. There are more than 75,000 members in New Mexico assisted by 11,000 adult volunteers. Programs include an array of life skills education from family living to animal science, leadership and the arts.

Note: Photos are available on request of the following: Samantha Hille, Danielle Hille, Bonnie McCauley, Valtie Riddle, Marissa Ham, Klessy Muncy, Jennifer Driskell and Dustie Powell. Contact Darren Phillips, chief photographer, University Communications and Marketing Services; (505) 646-1990; darrenp@nmsu.edu.

Mickelle Spendlove
Sept.8, 2006