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4-H Ambassadors and Diplomats Represent New Mexico

LAS CRUCES - Eight New Mexico high school students are serving as 4-H ambassadors and diplomats for 2002. They will help lead 4-H activities and represent New Mexico at state and national 4-H events.


The ambassadors and diplomats were selected based on interviews and their presentations about leadership, role models and community service projects.

Ambassadors recently represented New Mexico at the National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C., April 7-13. They will provide training and support for county ambassadors and assist the New Mexico 4-H Youth Foundation with donor contacts and public relations. Duties also include hosting a donor reception at State 4-H Conference at NMSU.

The ambassadors are Ashley Borrego of Las Vegas, Benjamin Wilson and Sarah Ann Dunlap of Estancia and Zachary Riley of Melrose.

Borrego has been involved in 4-H for 13 years. She is president of the Blazing Saddles 4-H Club, and has served as club parliamentarian, reporter/historian and chair of 4-H fund-raising committees. She is the daughter of Wilfred and Debra Borrego.

Wilson competes with the Torrance County Shooting Sports team. He is a member of the Estancia Ropers 4-H Club and has been member of 4-H for five years. Wilson has served as club treasurer, county council historian and delegate, and song and recreation leader. He is the son of Sam and Merita Wilson.

Dunlap is a member of the Estancia Valley Ropers 4-H Club and has been a member of 4-H for 11 years. She has served as club president, song and recreation leader, junior leader for livestock projects and chairman of the junior New Mexico State Fair Board. She is the daughter of Todd and Michelle Dunlap.

Riley has served as Curry County Council vice president and reporter and youth official at the New Mexico State Fair. A member of the Melrose 4-H Club, he has been involved in 4-H for nine years. He has participated in horse and livestock judging, public speaking and rodeo. He is the son of Russell and Elainea Riley.

Diplomats will represent New Mexico at a recreation lab in Heber, Ariz., lead group recreation, teach recreation workshops, assist with junior livestock programs and help with the State 4-H Conference.

The 2002 4-H Diplomats are Kimberly Crist of Ft. Sumner, Erin Kirksey of Tucumcari, Elizabeth Knight of Las Cruces, and Jayme Runyan of Belen.

Crist is a member of the Chaparral 4-H Club and has been involved in 4-H for six years. She served as club song and recreation leader. She is a member of the meat, dairy and livestock judging teams, representing New Mexico at the National Meat Judging contest. She is the daughter of Larry and Lue Anne Crist.

Kirksey has served as Chaparrals 4-H Club president, reporter, song and recreation leader, county council reporter and committee member. She has been involved in 4-H for eight years. She is the daughter of Rex and Cynthia Kirksey.

Knight has been involved in 4-H for eight years. She competes with the hippology (horse knowledge) team for H-Bar-C 4-H Club and participates in the swine project. Knight has served as club president, reporter, treasurer and song and recreation leader. She is currently county council secretary. She is the daughter of Larry and Dana Knight.

Runyan has served as Los Chavez Wind Riders 4-H Club president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and reporter and as county council treasurer and secretary. She has been involved in 4-H for eight years. She is the daughter of JoAnn VanDerGeest and Dennis Runyan.

4-H, a program of New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service, helps young people gain the life skills needed to become productive citizens by using a hands-on approach. About 50,000 youth in New Mexico participate in 4-H, which stands for head, heart, hands and health. It is the world's largest youth organization, with 6.4 million members.