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Bernalillo County 4-H Member Takes on National Role

LAS CRUCES?Whitney Kupferer of Bernalillo County was chosen as New Mexico's state representative for the first John Deere Leaders Academy in Washington, D.C., during National 4-H Week, Sept. 30-Oct. 2.

During the State 4-H Conference in Las Cruces, Amber King, left, executive director of the National 4-H Youth Directions Council, met with 4-H member Whitney Kupferer and San Juan County 4-H agent Craig Painter, New Mexico's delegates to a national 4-H leadership academy in Washington, D.C. (08/31/2005) (NMSU Agricultural Communications Photo by Aspen Lyon)

The academy, organized by the National 4-H Youth Directions Council, trains one 4-H member and one adult partner from each state to build youth and adult partnerships.

Kupferer and Craig Painter, 4-H agent in San Juan County, will learn how to encourage youth to become involved in decision making, program planning and execution, and community involvement. They will serve an 18-month term.

"My goal is to do as much as I can at the national level, see what other states do in their 4-H programs and bring ideas back to New Mexico," said Kupferer, who served as state 4-H president in 2004-2005.

Kupferer, a senior at Sandia High School in Albuquerque, also plans to market national events to 4-H members in New Mexico.

Kupferer and Painter will teach workshops at New Mexico events such as 4-H Leadership Retreat, Teen Get-Away and the 4-H Leaders Forum.