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2014 Master Achiever Kelsey Younce reflects on fair memories

Kelsey Younce and Allison Young were named the 2014 LaGrange County Fair Master Achievers Saturday night during the opening ceremony of the fair.

Younce has been actively involved in 4-H and is completing her 10th year after taking various projects and always trying new things.

“I try to be diversified and try new things,” said Younce. “You might find something that you really like. I didn’t do dog and dairy beef until a couple of years ago and they have been some of my favorite projects.”

Her experience has stretched and been emotional to her. Younce has been able to really achieve a lot during her years in 4-H.

“There have been a lot of tears, some happy, some bad tears. Overall it has been very rewarding because I have been able to experience a lot of things and it has been a lot of fun overall,” Younce stated.

Receiving master achiever was a goal that Younce was looking forward to reaching after her brother Jordan Younce won Master Achiever a couple years ago. “It makes me feel good because I have put a lot of effort into 4-H over the years and it feels good to be rewarded for what all I have accomplished. After my brother won it was kind of my goal,” she noted.

She would want for any 4-H’er, current or future, to try new things, set their goals high, and do as much as they can in 4-H.

One of Younce’s favorite 4-H memories was when she and her brother won the draft horse show in the mare and gelding classes. She said both of them winning meant a lot to her.

The craziest fair memories that Younce has had have been with her goats. “I’ve had a lot of crazy goats over the years. And some of them had a mind of their own even though I had worked a lot with them.”

With Younce finishing up her 10th year she would really like to make it into either the large or small animal supreme showmanship competition. It has been a goal of hers for many years.

The 4-H fair has been a way for Younce to connect with people from all over the county. “It connects the three schools and it is like one big family and you get to see people you haven’t seen in a while,” she said.

After Younce is done with the fair she will be preparing to head to Indiana University South Bend in the fall to study nursing.

“I will be attending college with my brother, which should be interesting,” she stated. “I always thought that I would be studying agriculture, but nursing is the path that I need to take.”

Younce knows that she wants to be a project leader and still be involved in the fair in any way that she can when she is done being a 4-H member. For her it has been one of the best experiences.

An article on 2014 4-H Master Achiever Allison Young will be printed in Friday’s LaGrange News.