Hoffner Elected State 4-H President
San Luis 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.”
Hoffner was elected by 100 of her peers at the Colorado 4-H Senate Meeting on June 21. On her way to victory, she gave a campaign speech in front of 380 conference attendees, completed a parliamentary procedure test and interview, and answered questions in front of a live audience. Hoffner competed against three other strong candidates.
“The test and interview were stressful because they were right before I competed in another state contest,” said Hoffner. “But, I spent the past two weeks memorizing my candidate speech, so I felt really confident and comfortable presenting it to the group. I was really nervous waiting for the election results. It was great to have the support of the other candidates to get me through the waiting. We all held hands on stage as we waited to hear the results. Hearing my name as the winner was surreal.”
Hoffner has been a 4-H member for nine years. During that time, she has served locally in numerous leadership positions in her club and county. This past year, she served as the District 8 4-H President. In this role, she helped plan the SLV 4-H Achievement Night, as well as numerous local outreach events. She also represented the San Luis Valley on the State 4-H Officer Team. With that group she helped plan four leadership camps, which were attended by more than 500 4-Hers from around the state.
“I will have to kick it into high gear to be a good president, while also keeping my grades up, playing two sports, and maybe sleeping once in a while,” Hoffner joked. “I know this will be really challenging, but feel I am part of a great group and can’t wait to get started.”
“Kristine has been working towards the goal of being the State 4-H President throughout her entire 4-H career,” said Amy Henschen, the Colorado State University 4-H Youth Development Agent for the Valley. “She’s taken on increasing responsibilities each year, and has been a great leader and role model in the Valley and state. I have no doubt she’ll lead the State Officer Team with energy, wisdom and grace. We’re so proud to have such an outstanding local 4-H member leading the program forward in the coming year.”
Hoffner will be working with teen leaders from around the state on the 2018-19 State 4-H Officer Team. This includes the new San Luis Valley representative, District 8 President Nikki-Jo Albert of Del Norte.
4-H is the largest youth development organizations in the country, with more than 113,000 members in Colorado, and more than 6 million nationwide. The goal of the organization is to teach kids life skills, in partnership with caring adult leaders.
For more information on the 4-H youth development program, visit the San Luis Valley website call 719-852-7381 or email slv4H@colostate.edu. 4-H is a cooperative effort between Colorado State University Extension and Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache counties. Extension programs are available to all without discrimination.