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4-H Ambassadors, Diplomats Selected

LAS CRUCES - Eight senior 4-H members will lead state service projects, host leadership workshops and represent New Mexico at national events.

Eight 4-H ambassadors and diplomats will represent New Mexico at state and national events. They are, top row from left, Shay Zamora, Alyssa Bromley, Jamie Thomas, Cody Benavidez, Amanda Dearholt and Jett Sharp. Seated are Amanda Sandoval and Jennifer Driskell. (Courtesy photo by Elisa French)

The new ambassadors and diplomats were selected based on an application, interview and group project during Senior Leadership Retreat Jan. 21-23 in Albuquerque.

The ambassadors will attend the National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C., and serve as a liaison between the New Mexico 4-H Foundation and donors.

The 2005 ambassadors are Cody Benavidez of Socorro, Alyssa Bromley of Lovington, Jamie Thomas of Moriarty and Shay Zamora of Las Vegas. The 2005 diplomats are Amanda Dearholt of Albuquerque, Jennifer Driskell of Los Lunas, Amanda Sandoval of Espaņola and Jett Sharp of Estancia.

Benavidez, Socorro County Council president, has been a 4-H member for six years. He served as a novice camp counselor and Tumbleweed Club president and photographer. He participated in Senior Leadership Retreat, the New Mexico State Fair and State 4-H Conference. His parents are Albert and Robin Benavidez.

Bromley, an eight-year 4-H member, said she is looking forward to organizing workshops and working with her team. She has served as the Yucca 4-H Club president and Lea County Council reporter and treasurer. She volunteers at a nursing home, hospital and local day care center. She has participated in Teen Get-Away, the Lea County 4-H lock-in and State 4-H Conference. Her parents are Scott and Scarlet Bromley.

Thomas, a 4-H member for six years, has completed numerous service projects, such as collecting toys, preparing a feast for elders and making Easter baskets for the less fortunate. Her resume includes terms as Moriarty Mustangs Club reporter, historian, vice president and president. After high school, she wants to attend a four-year college and major in agricultural education. Her parents are Albert and Lisa Thomas.

Zamora, a junior at Robertson High School, has served as the Blue Ribbon Wranglers Club president and treasurer and as the San Miguel County Council president, vice president and secretary. She participates in band, golf and student government. Her 4-H projects include market swine, market goats and vegetable and flower gardening. Her parents are Kenny and Marsha Zamora.

The diplomats will attend Journey and Opportunity Leadership Training (JOLT) in Heber, Ariz., and lead recreational activities throughout the state.

Dearholt, a junior at La Cueva High School, has participated in the Western Roundup in Denver, Colo., the Bernalillo County 4-H Fair and the state shooting sports competition in Raton. She served as the Mountain Heights Club vice president and historian. She enjoys showing market lambs, hunting and taking part in shooting sports. Her parents are Jim and Tara Dearholt.

Driskell is a member of Bosque Farms 4-H Club, where she has held the offices of president, treasurer and junior executive officer. She has also served terms on the Valencia County Council as county ambassador and song and recreation leader. During her six years in 4-H, she completed horse, leadership, public speaking clothing and baking projects. Her parents are Jamie and Carmen Driskell.

Sandoval, a freshman at Pojoaque High School, has served as a New Mexico State Fair youth official, Los Coyotes Club vice president and Rio Arriba County Council president. She participates in horse and baking projects. Her service projects include giving blankets to the needy and preparing Easter baskets for a crisis center. Her parents are Darryl and Teresa Sandoval.

Sharp, a six-year member of the Tumbleweed 4-H Club, has held the offices of president, vice president, treasurer and reporter. His 4-H projects are beef cattle, replacement dairy heifers, shooting sports and market swine. He is active in the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association, Estancia FFA, and student council. His parents are Cyle and Sharla Sharp.

4-H is the largest youth organization with 7 million members. New Mexico has 76,000 members representing 447 clubs. 4-H members participate in contests, service projects and activities to develop leadership, citizenship and life skills.