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2008-2009 New Mexico FFA state officers chosen

The new 2008-2009 FFA state officers were elected and inducted during the 80th Annual New Mexico FFA State Convention June 2-4 in Las Cruces at New Mexico State University.

"The 2008-2009 New Mexico FFA Association state officer team is a motivated group that plans to raise the "leadership bar" for all FFA members across the state," said Les Purcella, state supervisor of New Mexico Agricultural Education and FFA.

Leanna Ballard of Loving was elected state president. Ballard held the position of District V President, State Vice President for 2007-2008, and she will be a sophomore at NMSU this fall. While in high school, her FFA activities included participating in the horse, poultry and forestry Career Development Events (CDEs); public speaking; and parliamentary procedure. She also enjoys riding horses and rodeoing.

Shannon Norris of Cliff is an NMSU incoming freshman. She was elected state secretary. For 2007-2008, Norris served as the District VII President, State Vice President. She competed in the livestock, horse and wool CDEs, and participated in public speaking. She also showed heifers and lambs and likes to play basketball.

High school senior Kenneth Sandoval of Mesa Vista is the District II President, State Vice President. He competes in floriculture and the job interview CDEs. He also is in a mariachi band and plays baseball.

"I enjoyed state convention this year. I'm really excited to be a state officer, because I love FFA and I am ready to get to work," Sandoval said.

Jonas Moya of Tucumcari was selected as the District III President, State Vice President. He is a senior in high school and participates in the horse and pasture and range CDEs. He also enjoys calf roping, team roping, baseball and football.

Ryan Best of Elida was elected District IV President, State Vice President. Best, a high school senior, competes in the livestock, horse and land CDEs and shows lambs, steers and goats. He is a member of the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

"At state convention, it's amazing to see so many different people come together for a common goal. The 2008-2009 officer team has gotten to spend a lot of time together and bond, so I'm really looking forward to this year as a state officer," Best said.

The new District V President, State Vice President is Dusty Anderson of Artesia. Anderson is a senior in high school who competes in many CDEs including wool, horse and meat judging. He also enjoys team roping and calf roping, and is a wide receiver for his school's football team.

High school senior Dulcie Sultemeier of Corona was elected District VI President, State Vice President. Her supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) is cattle and sheep production and she shows pigs, lambs and goats. She participates in the wool and horticulture produce CDEs. She also is involved in 4-H, National Honor Society, and several sports.

Kursty Keeler of Deming is the new District VII President, State Vice President. Keeler also is a senior in high school. She shows animals for her SAE, and competes in meat and livestock judging. She is active in her church and student council, and is a cheerleader.

"State FFA was nerve-wracking for me this year because I was running for a state office, but it also was the best experience I could ever imagine," Keeler said.

The new District VII President, State Vice President is Shannon Del Curto of Socorro. Del Curto is a senior in high school and competes in the meats, horticulture and crop CDEs. She also shows pigs and steers.

New Mexico FFA has more than 4,000 members spanning 87 chapters and is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for growth and success through agricultural education.