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State 4-H officers elected at state conference

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The 2010-11 State 4-H Council Officer Team was elected during the 87th Annual State 4-H Conference in Las Cruces, N.M., at New Mexico State University in July.


The seven 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 2010-11 president is Augusta Ahlm, 17. A senior from Raton, N.M., Ahlm was the 2009-10 state secretary. Her 4-H projects have included horse, rifle and swine.

"4-H is one of the best youth leadership organizations I know and it's an honor to serve them as they have served me," Ahlm said.

Jaylah Dow, 16, of Truth or Consequences, N.M., was elected state vice president. Dow is an active member of her 4-H club and enjoys singing, photography and horses.

Talon Choate, 17, also of Truth or Consequences, N.M., was elected secretary. Choate competes in wildlife habitat evaluation and is a member of FFA. He also plays football and basketball and runs track.

Wil Hodnett, 17, of Texico, N.M., was elected treasurer. Hodnett competes in livestock judging, along with showing sheep, beef and dairy heifers. He also runs track and participates in FFA and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Fort Sumner, N.M., native Sara Ballard, 17, was elected reporter. Ballard competes in horse shows and 4-H rodeos. She also is a member of FFA and the National Honor Society.

"Out of all my extracurricular activities, 4-H has been the most rewarding and has helped me gain the most leadership experience," Ballard said.

The parliamentarian is Jenna Cleckler, 18, of Capitan, N.M. Cleckler shows goats and sheep and competes in public speaking.

Kylie Gaines, 17, of Carrizozo, N.M., was elected song and recreation leader. Gaines is active in her county's 4-H council and competes in meats and crops judging.

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