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4-H Record Book Winners Headed to Atlanta

LAS CRUCES -- Fifteen New Mexico 4-H members who submitted winning project record books will take expense-paid trips to the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Ga., from Nov. 22-25.


The 4-H winners are Jena Bilberry of Rogers, Marsha Bryant of Edgewood, Amy Byrd of Logan, Adrienne Coe of Rogers, Sarah Crumbley of Las Cruces, Stephan Hardin of Portales, Elizabeth Knight of Las Cruces, Brittney Kwiatkowski of Los Alamos, Amanda Lowry of Las Cruces, Elizabeth Malone of Edgewood, Tamara Rowland of Roswell, Heather Stumpff of Santa Fe, Darcy Walter of Animas, Kasey Ward of Cotton City and Vera Wilson of Estancia.

Bilberry, of Roosevelt County, is a dairy project winner. Her 4-H career has included a trip to the Dairy Bowl competition in Louisville, Ky. She once had a heifer who got loose and visited the state fair carnival. A student at Dora High School, she is the daughter of Mike and Fran Bilberry. She is a member of the Blue Ribbon 4-H Club.

Bryant, of Santa Fe County, is a swine project winner. While growing up on a ranch, she learned responsibility and leadership. In 2001 she served as a New Mexico 4-H Ambassador at the Western Region Leaders Forum in Hawaii. She is a member of the Los Amigos 4-H Club and a student at Moritary High School. Her parents are Garry and Karen Bryant.

Byrd, of Quay County, is a beef project winner. As a member of Tumbleweed 4-H Club, she has participated in projects ranging from embroidery to range plant identification. She is a student at Logan High School. Her parents are Dale and Debra Mitchell.

Coe, of Roosevelt County, is a horse project winner. She has explored horsemanship's every aspect, including how to hum a horse into submission. After breaking a leg, she literally learned how to get back in the saddle. She is a National Honor Society member at Dora High School and a Blue Ribbon 4-H Club member. Her parents are Wayne and Donna Tivis.

Crumbley, of Doņa Ana County, is a leadership project winner. She has participated in a wide range of 4-H activities, from shooting sports to service on the state leadership team. A senior at Las Cruces High School, she is the daughter of Bonnie and Will Hille. She is a member of the Fort Selden 4-H Club.

Hardin, of Roosevelt County, is a swine project winner. In Shooting Stars 4-H Club, he has shown rabbits, calves and lambs. He believes that raising animals has taught him about bravery and pride. A student at Portales High School, he is the son of Janie L. Hardin.

Knight, of Doņa Ana County, is a horse project winner. As a member of the H-Bar-C 4-H Club, she has become a skilled barrel racer and has competed in the Horse Bowl and Hippology contests. She has also raised cabritos (goats), rabbits, poultry, dairy heifers and swine. Her parents are Dana and Larry Knight.

Kwiatkowski, of Los Alamos County, is a horse project winner. She has not only learned horse skills but also shared them with many others, giving riding lessons and retraining a race horse. A student at Los Alamos High School, she is the daughter of Stacy and Chris Kwaitkowski.

Lowry, of Doņa Ana County, is a clothing project winner. During her time in 4-H, Lowry has discovered her talent for sewing and public speaking. A student at Las Cruces High School, Lowry is a member of the Hillbillies 4-H Club. Her parents are Dave and Sandra Lowry.

Malone, of Bernalillo County, is a food and nutrition project winner. Her perseverance in developing cooking skills has taken her dishes from the dinner table to the state fair winners circle. She is a home-schooled junior and member of the Ponderosa 4-H Club. Her parents are Kevin and Anne Marie Malone.

Rowland, of Chaves County, is a clothing project winner. As a member of the LB/OC 4-H Club, she completed numerous projects during 2001. She says that during her 10 years in 4-H she has developed her skills in leadership, record keeping and public speaking. Her parents are Tim and Arlene Rowland.

Stumpff, of Santa Fe County, is a baking project winner. She grew up in a 4-H family and remembers waiting anxiously to be old enough to join. Since then, she has become a county teen leader and an experienced community volunteer. She is a member of the Wide Horizons 4-H Club and a student at Santa Fe High School. Her parents are Ralph and Cheryl Stumpff.

Walter, of Hidalgo County, is a clothing project winner. From learning tricks for sewing chiffon to winning a sweepstakes in the State Fashion Revue, her 4-H career has taught her a lifetime worth of lessons. She is majoring in journalism and broadcasting at Lamar Community College. She is a member of the Cotton City 4-H Club. Her parents are Randy and Duti Walter.

Ward, of Hidalgo County, is a sheep project winner. She remembers her first lambs pushing her into the fence, feeder and water trough. The bruises paid off, however, because she has since shown grand champion and reserve grand champion lambs. A junior at Animas High School, she is the daughter of Ronnie and Betsy Ward. She is a member of the Cotton City 4-H Club.

Wilson, of Torrance County, is a market lamb project winner. She is the New Mexico state 4-H president and a former 4-H state diplomat. A member of the Estancia Ropers 4-H Club and incoming freshman at New Mexico State University, she enjoys raising market lambs, livestock judging, photography and needlework. Her parents are Sam and Merita Wilson.