Here's some of the latest news from the San Luis Valley 4-H program.

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Valley 4-H member Kristine Hoffner, 17, of Center was elected the Colorado 4-H State President at the Colorado State 4-H Conference, June 19-22, at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. This is the highest and most prestigious position a 4-H member can achieve in the state. In this role, Hoffner will lead a 15-member officer team that plans statewide leadership camps, does outreach activities, and promotes the 4-H program across Colorado.

“As a third generation 4-Her, I am honored to continue my family’s tradition of servant leadership,” said Hoffner. “It has long been a dream of mine to be the State President, since both my brother and sister served on the 4-H state executive team. Now that this dream has become a reality, I can’t stop smiling about it.”

Eight Valley 4-H members competed in various state contests at the Colorado State 4-H Conference, June 19-22, at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. At the event Kristine Hoffner, of Center, took home reserve champion in the Prepared Speaking Contest. Local teams in Hippology and Horse Bowl placed third and fifth, respectively.

San Luis Valley 4-H members Taylor Adams and Julie Wisener battled 41 other teams to take home first place in the Middle School Joust event at the RoboRAVE International robotics competition. The event was held May 10 to 12 at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Four other 4-H youth robotics teams from the Valley also participated in the contest, which drew more than 1500 competitors from 20 countries.

The San Luis Valley 4-H youth development program is looking for adults to share their knowledge as volunteers. These volunteers will leverage their experiences and interests to help youth build life skills in various subject areas.

“Volunteers are essential to help youth make the most of the wide variety of learning experiences they are presented with in 4-H,” said Amy Henschen, 4-H Extension Agent with Colorado State University. “We are currently looking for adults to serve as project leaders or help with workshops and school programming so we can better serve youth in the Valley.”

Every dollar county, state and federal agencies invest in the Colorado 4-H Program is returned to the state’s economy six times over. That’s one of the findings of a new Colorado State University study evaluating the economic contributions of the youth development program.

“This is a conservative estimate of the contribution of 4-H,” said Rebecca Hill, a CSU extension research economist and author of the study. “In addition to the monetary benefits, there are other benefits that are not easily quantifiable.”