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4-H Essay Contest Winners Named

LAS CRUCES -- Three New Mexico 4-H members have received awards for their creativity and writing skills in the 1997 4-H Essay Contest.

4-H members in the junior and senior age groups from across the state submitted essays about their experiences in 4-H.

Adonais Gonzales III, of Vadito, received first place in the junior division with a description of his experiences in 4-H. His essay detailed what can be learned from raising ducks, chickens and cats. Gonzales also wrote about using his hard work to help someone else, by taking his garden produce to share with others who can't have a garden.

He won a free trip for himself and a friend to attend 4-H Teen Get Away, which will be held March 27-29 in Albuquerque. Gonzales is a member of the Vadito Green Leaf 4-H Club in Taos County. He is the 12-year-old son of Norma and Adonais Gonzales, Jr.

Anne Marie Good of Belen received first place in the senior division. In her essay, Good said that 4-H stands for helping others, making friends and learning new skills. She wrote that the skills she has learned in 4-H are more valuable than any awards she has won.

Good will receive a free trip for herself and a friend to attend Senior Leadership Retreat Jan. 16-18 in Albuquerque. She is a member of the Zia 4-H Club in Valencia County, where her main 4-H projects are clothing and market swine. She also plays soccer at Belen High School. Good is the 16-year-old daughter of Russell and Melodie Good.

Shyla Mitchell of Animas received second place in the senior division with her essay on dealing with and learning from the unexpected. Her experiences -- such as being on national television when her show steer escaped in Albuquerque -- have not always been fun, but have created long-lasting memories.

She also will receive a free trip to the Senior Leadership Retreat. Mitchell is a member of Hidalgo County 4-H. Her main 4-H projects are market steer and woods, and she participates in rodeos. She is a senior at Animas High School. Mitchell is the 17-year-old daughter of Marcus and Lenna Mitchell.