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Valley youth elected Colorado State 4-H President

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 3rd, 2013

Elizabeth Hoffner

FORT COLLINS — The 2013 Colorado State 4-H Conference was held in Fort Collins the week of June 17th.

More than 350 4-H members from across the state came to show their skills in various competitions, hold their second senate meeting of the year, attend leadership workshops, and elect state officers. For the first time in Colorado’s 103-year 4-H history, a San Luis Valley native was elected as Colorado State 4-H President.

Elizabeth Hoffner, daughter of Willy and Karen Hoffner, of Saguache County was given this honor after many years of service on the local, district, regional, and state levels.

Elizabeth’s 10 years in 4-H have included projects in cake decorating, clothing construction, fashion revue, and breeding and market sheep; she is a third generation 4-H’er.

In the leadership part of 4-H she has served in every office at the club and county levels, four offices in District 8, South-Central District President, and Colorado State Parliamentarian.

One of the skills Elizabeth has honed in her years of 4-H is that of public speaking. At this conference, she competed in the Prepared Speaking Contest and of the 17 contestants, she was selected Champion.

As Colorado State Prepared Speaking Champion she will represent Colorado and compete at National Western 4-H Round Up, in Denver, in January 2014.

Elizabeth is looking forward to her senior year serving as Colorado State 4-H President and District 8 4-H Parliamentarian, working hard to maintain a solid GPA, and competing in Knowledge Bowl, and regional and state Science Fair.

She loves to be outside as she works for La Garita Mountain Nursery and runs a potato digger for three farmers during harvest.

Elizabeth appreciates what 4-H has given her and desires to show others how to grow by giving.

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