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2009-10 New Mexico state FFA officers selected

The new 2009-10 state FFA officers were elected and inducted during the 81st Annual New Mexico FFA State Convention June 1-3 in Las Cruces at New Mexico State University.



The 2009-10 state FFA officers are, from left, Haley Montes, District VI president, state vice president; Cady Mathews, District II president, state vice president; Lane Harris, District III president, state vice president; Ryan Best, state president; Tell Runyan, District IV president, state vice president; Joseph Ogden, District V president, state vice president; Dusty Anderson, state secretary; and Ethan Hanks, District VIII president, state vice president. (Courtesy photo)

Ryan Best of Elida was elected state president. Best held the position of District IV president, state vice president for 2008-09. In FFA, he has participated in many activities, including livestock and horse evaluation and public speaking. He will be a freshman at NMSU this fall.

Dusty Anderson of Artesia also is an incoming NMSU freshman. He was elected state secretary and previously served as the District V president, state vice president for 2008-09. He competes in wool, forestry and meats career development events (CDEs) and also rodeos.

High school senior Cady Mathews of Las Vegas is the District II president, state vice president. She competes in the landscape design CDE and public speaking. She is a member of the National Honor Society.

"I wanted to be an FFA state officer to encourage New Mexico FFA to grow, reach out and be the difference that is needed in our state, country and world," she said.

Lane Harris of Clayton was selected as the District III president, state vice president. She is a senior in high school and participates in parliamentary procedure, quizbowl and the landscape design CDE. She also enjoys cheerleading and drama club.

Tell Runyan of Clovis was elected District IV president, state vice president. Runyan, a high school senior, competes in the horse and wool evaluation CDEs. He is a member of the National Honor Society and 4-H.

The new District V president, state vice president is Joseph Ogden of Carlsbad. Ogden is a senior in high school who competes in the forestry CDE, parliamentary procedure and public speaking. He also is active in his church's youth group.

"There are always those things that motivate us in life; for me it is FFA. The organization has made me want to do the best I can, which inspired me to become a state officer," he said.

High school senior Haley Montes of Capitan was elected District VI president, state vice president. Montes participates in numerous FFA events and contests and is active in her FFA chapter. She is a cheerleader and runs track.

The new District VIII president, state vice president is Ethan Hanks of Belen. Hanks competes in the wildlife and agricultural mechanics CDEs. He enjoys playing golf and will be a freshman at the University of New Mexico this fall.

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.