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State 4-H officers elected at state conference

The 2009-10 State 4-H Council Officer Team was elected during the 86th Annual State 4-H Conference in Las Cruces at New Mexico State University in July.

The 2009-10 State 4-H Council Officer Team are, from left to right, advisor Robyn Kelley, treasurer Danielle Lowry, song and recreation leader Garrett Schmidt, secretary Augusta Ahlm, vice president Georgia Mitchell and president Kassandra Grooms. (Courtesy photo)

The five officers campaigned throughout the week-long event with posters, business cards and speeches. Delegates representing counties from across the state voted for the candidates during the conference.

The 2009-10 president is Kassandra Grooms, 17, of Las Cruces. Grooms was the 2008-09 state secretary. She participates in the crops and wildlife contests in 4-H.

Georgia Mitchell, 16, of Tucumcari, was elected vice president. She is a former state 4-H ambassador and competes in the livestock judging and Livestock Skillathon contests at state conference.

"I firmly believe that 4-H is an exceptional organization with unlimited opportunities, and I wanted to help 'make the best better,'" Mitchell said.

Augusta Ahlm, 16, of Raton, was elected secretary. Ahlm's 4-H projects have included horses, rifle and swine.

"4-H has taught me so much through the years and has made me into the person I am today. I feel the next step in my 4-H career would be to give back to other 4-H'ers by helping lead them," Ahlm said.

Danielle Lowry, 16, of Albuquerque, was elected treasurer. Lowry raises and shows livestock and enjoys baking and cake decorating.

The song and recreation leader is Garrett Schmidt, 17, of Corrales. Schmidt is a former state 4-H ambassador and is involved with the organization at both the club and county levels.

The advisor to the 2009-10 State 4-H Council Officer Team is Robyn Kelley, of Albuquerque.

The NMSU 4-H program is dedicated to enabling youth to become productive, well-informed, self-reliant and responsible adults.