Quay County 4-H seniors take home awards at state conference

By Brenda Bishop: Special to QCS

Eleven Quay County 4-H seniors represented Quay County at the 86th Annual State 4-H Conference held in Las Cruces this week.

The conference was bittersweet for Lisa Mitchell, who will be going to college in the fall.

“The years I have spent in the 4-H organization have made a great impact on my life. The memories, experience and friends I have gained will stay with me no matter what path I choose,” she said.

Quay County 4-H members brought home four first-place team awards and three high-point individual awards.

The horticulture team of Taylor Atwood, Bethany Bishop and Sid Truelock finished first. Atwood was first high individual and Bishop was fourth high individual.

The entomology team of Atwood, Megan McKinney, and Carmen Runyan also placed first with Atwood placing second high individual and McKinney third high individual.

Bishop, Jordan Runyan, Blake Moon and Sid Truelock were the first place home economics bowl team and will represent New Mexico at the national contest in Denver in January. They will be accompanied by the first place home economics skill-a-thon team of Carmen Runyan, Atwood, Bishop and Truelock, who will compete in the National Family Consumer Science Skill-a-thon Contest.

At the state contest, Atwood was first high individual, Truelock was third high individual, Carmen Runyan was fourth high individual and Jordan Runyan was fifth high individual.

Lisa Mitchell was first high individual award in wool judging.

The livestock skill-a-thon team of Richard Rush, Blake Moon, Georgia Mitchell and McKinney placed fourth with Rush third high individual. The fourth high individual in crops judging was Rush.

Georgia Mitchell was installed as state 4-H council vice president and presented with a $1,000 leadership scholarship to New Mexico State University. Lisa Mitchell was awarded the $1,000 Allen Chapman Memorial Scholarship and Carmen Runyan a $500 Scarborough-Lineberry Foundation Scholarship.

Carmen Runyan was a state record book winner and awarded a trip to Atlanta in November.