Two local students elected to 4-H state office

By Christina Calloway

PNT senior writer

ccalloway@pntonline.com

Of the many adventures, challenges and triumphs best friends Lane Wallace and Koby Cone have experienced together, becoming state 4-H leaders is just one more they are preparing to embark.

The Roosevelt County seniors were recently elected to state offices at the 90th annual State 4-H Conference held in mid-June at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune Koby Cone grooms one of his steers by vacuuming it at his Portales home. Cone, newly elected New Mexico 4-H treasurer, has to groom and care for his cattle all year in preparation for the Roosevelt County Fair’s Livestock Sale.

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Koby Cone grooms one of his steers by vacuuming it at his Portales home. Cone, newly elected New Mexico 4-H treasurer, has to groom and care for his cattle all year in preparation for the Roosevelt County Fair’s Livestock Sale.

As if 4-H doesn’t require them to dedicate work and time year-round, the boys are now going to organize 4-H events statewide, the biggest being the State Fair.

“My role isn’t any different than the other officers; I’m just more in charge with the group. I make sure everyone is on topic, I should be the most knowledgeable,” said Wallace who was elected president of the state 4-H. “The title gives you the most responsibility.”

Cone was elected the state 4-H’s treasurer and though he says he’s decent at math as a Dora High School student, his role entails a lot more than just numbers.

“I’ll have to help plan all the activities and give demonstrations,” Cone said. “We basically do all the same things.”

Wallace and Cone grew up together participating in their local 4-H clubs as well as the county’s. Both of their parents had experience in 4-H so they said there was no shying away from what was destiny.

“My dad was a state officer and my mom participated. I’m glad they put me in it, it’s been a life-changing experience,” Cone said.

Wallace said his father has been an agricultural teacher for a long time and he is one of the main reasons why he joined.

The pair said the got to know each other better when they began judging livestock, just one of the many activities 4-H has to offer. Wallace shows pigs and Cone shows cattle, which involves them taking care of their animals until they sell them at the County Fair’s Livestock Sale.

“I just love the experience, learning how to take care of something,” Wallace said. “It teaches you life skills.”

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune Best friends Koby Cone, left, and Lane Wallace play one-on-one basketball Friday at Cone’s house. The pair were recently elected to state 4-H offices, representing the state and Roosevelt County as peer leaders. They have participated in 4-H since early childhood.

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Best friends Koby Cone, left, and Lane Wallace play one-on-one basketball Friday at Cone’s house. The pair were recently elected to state 4-H offices, representing the state and Roosevelt County as peer leaders. They have participated in 4-H since early childhood.

Cone adds he has to wake up early every morning to move his steers from one stall to a cooler place, which is a different schedule from that of his high school peers.

“When you win, you realize ‘I did the work to make this happen,’” Cone said.

The boys also agreed that besides basic leadership skills, 4-H has given them the courage to speak publicly.

“You have to get up and talk and not be nervous,” Cone said, “That’s important. You have to work hard for something to get it.”

Both Wallace and Cone plan to attend college after graduation next year. Cone is considering becoming an agricultural teacher and Wallace is thinking about becoming a veterinarian for show animals.

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