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Thirteen Leaders To Receive Honorary State FFA Degrees at NMSU

LAS CRUCES - Thirteen leaders, supporters and alumni will receive honorary state FFA degrees June 2 at New Mexico State University.


They are Herb Borden, Deming agricultural teacher; Sabine Green, NMSU floral design coach; David Harris, Fresh Country representative; Jerry Hawkins, NMSU recruiter; Wesley Holley, associate dean for academic programs in NMSU's College of Agriculture and Home Economics; Justin Jackson, DJ's Fundraising representative; Tony Johnson, House agricultural teacher; Bonnie Lightfoot, Moriarty agricultural teacher; Mark McAlister, Carlsbad agricultural teacher; Bryan Mitchell, Estancia agricultural teacher; Brian Sellers, River Star Farms representative; Tami Sue Wells, New Mexico Junior Livestock Board FFA representative; and Amy Zemler, state 4-H youth activities specialist.

Borden, Deming High School agricultural education teacher, has helped secure funds for the New Mexico FFA Association to underwrite agricultural education programs at the local and state levels. He has also taught agricultural education at Carrizozo and Logan high schools.

Green is a program coordinator in NMSU's agronomy and horticulture department, where she coaches the floral design team. She has been a leader in planning floral training sessions for agricultural educators during their summer conference and the made for excellence and advanced leadership development training conferences.

Harris, a former agricultural education teacher, represents Fresh Country Fund Raising. He and Fresh Country provide scholarships annually for New Mexico FFA members. He is an active supporter of the New Mexico Agricultural Education Teachers Association.

As a recruiter for NMSU's College of Agriculture and Home Economics, Hawkins has visited hundreds of FFA members and chapters. He recruited dozens of New Mexico FFA members for his livestock judging teams at Clarendon Junior College. Many New Mexico FFA advisers have been on Hawkins' livestock judging teams. He has played a key role in increasing scholarship funding for New Mexico FFA.

Holley, associate dean for academic programs with NMSU's College of Agriculture and Home Economics, is a former agricultural education teacher. He has helped secure scholarship funding for New Mexico FFA members who serve as state officers.

Jackson, whose father is the founder of DJ's Fund Raising, provides New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado with fund-raising packages that have allowed many FFA chapters to earn hundreds of dollars for new equipment and supplies. Justin and DJ's provide an annual convention meal for New Mexico FFA members.

Johnson, agricultural education teacher at House High School, is better known as the voice of New Mexico FFA. He has helped develop educational standards, benchmarks, goals, competencies and course descriptions. His contributions have strengthened agricultural education programs in New Mexico and at the national level.

Lightfoot, Moriarty agricultural education teacher, has just completed nine years of teaching. Under her leadership the Moriarty program has grown into one of the state's largest chapters with students active in all aspect of FFA and agricultural education. While serving as president of the agricultural education association, she was an active liaison between the New Mexico FFA Association, agricultural education association and the New Mexico Legislature.

McAlister, agricultural education teacher at Carlsbad High School, is active in the New Mexico Agricultural Education Teachers Association. He has been the backbone of legislative activities to increase funding for chapters and the New Mexico FFA Association.

Mitchell, agricultural education teacher at Estancia High School, served as the agricultural teachers representative at the New Mexico State Fair. He spent many hours planning and meeting with fair representatives to enhance FFA activities at the state fair. Mitchell has served as an officer in the agricultural teachers association.

Sellers is a sales representative with River Star Farms fund-raising corporation, which has a tradition of specializing in fund-raising activities in conjunction with FFA chapters. Sellers, Dick Rea and River Star Farms generate funding for FFA scholarships and are a primary sponsor for the agricultural education summer training conference.

Wells, a former FFA member and past state officer, serves on the New Mexico Junior Livestock Board, which specializes in raising funds for youth. She has helped the board to become a state officer team sponsor.

Zemler has played an active role in planning and running the state FFA career development events. She has served as a judge for many events and helped provide needed facilities for tabulation rooms.