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Lake To Focus on 4-H Outreach in Socorro County

LAS CRUCES - Vickie Lake, new Socorro County 4-H agent with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service, will focus on reaching at-risk youth and strengthening 4-H clubs.

Lake is one of six 4-H agents being hired in New Mexico on federally funded three-year appointments. She will spend about 75 percent of her time in outreach and 25 percent in supporting existing 4-H programs.

Lake had worked as a vocational instructor at Heizer Junior High in Hobbs since August 2000. Before that, she was an Extension program assistant in San Juan County for eight months.

"I know my teaching experience will be an advantage, and I appreciate the students for teaching me new skills," she said. "Heizer was a great place to experience diversity and learn many skills while working with youth at risk. Programs like 4-H and FFA offer a way of pulling kids out of negative influences."

Lake will focus on school enrichment programs to reach more young people and introduce teachers to 4-H curriculum with nonagricultural projects like building model rockets.

She earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural and extension education from NMSU in 1999. Lake served as an ambassador for the College of Agriculture and Home Economics and as a member of the Speakers Bureau, a group of students offering talks and motivational speeches. She was a Crimson Scholar, Dean's List honoree and member of several honorary fraternities. In addition, she was active in Collegiate FFA, Alpha Tau Alpha and the Agricultural and Extension Education Club.

Lake, a native of Waterflow in San Juan County, is the daughter of Robert and Linda Lake. She enjoys rodeo, outdoor activities, showing and raising horses and working with young people and livestock.