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Holloway Inducted into National 4-H Hall of Fame

LAS CRUCES?Jesse Holloway, former 4-H department head at New Mexico State University, will become the second New Mexican in the National 4-H Hall of Fame during induction ceremonies Monday (Oct. 3).

The late Jesse Holloway, head of New Mexico's state 4-H department from 1994 to 2003, will be inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame on Oct. 3 in Chevy Chase, Md. (09/30/2005) (NMSU Agricultural Communications Photo by J. Victor Espinoza)

Holloway will be honored posthumously during National 4-H Week activities in Chevy Chase, Md., near the nation's capital. His wife, Barbra, will accept the award.

As head of NMSU's statewide 4-H program from 1994 to 2003, Holloway strengthened traditional 4-H and started programs to involve more young people. He was well-known for his leadership at the regional and national levels.

"As the state's program leader he provided direction that allowed great things to happen within the 4-H program," said Frank Hodnett, department head of Extension 4-H and youth development. "He was a great advocate for kids, reaching those not involved in agriculture through his initiation of the 4-H outreach program."

Holloway worked for NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service for 16 years before his death on Nov. 20, 2003. He worked closely with the 4-H rodeo program, the state 4-H Rodeo Board and New Mexico 4-H Foundation.

He served as chair of the Western Region 4-H Program Leaders and played a major role in starting a regional consumer decision-making contest at the Western Roundup in Denver.

He was a member of the National 4-H Congress design team, serving as headquarters chair for four years. He participated in National Leadership Council and was the 4-H representative for the National 4-H Livestock Skillathon contest.

Holloway, a Vietnam veteran, earned a bachelor's degree in animal science and a master's degree in agricultural education from Texas Tech.

He began his Extension career as an agent in Quay County in 1987, then moved to De Baca County as program director from 1990 to 1994. He coached winning state and national 4-H teams and served as treasurer and president of the New Mexico Association of Extension 4-H Agents before moving to the state 4-H office.

After his death, Holloway was inducted into the New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame, which he started in 2002. A scholarship was established in his name and the annual 4-H Foundation golf scramble was renamed in his honor.

Holloway was nominated for the national hall of fame by the state 4-H agents association and New Mexico 4-H Foundation. Stevan Pearce of Hobbs was a national inductee in 2002, the inaugural year.

4-H is the largest youth organization in the world with 7 million youth members and 603,000 volunteer leaders. New Mexico has more than 76,000 members, 11,000 volunteers and 200 projects ranging from livestock and baking to photography and rocketry.