Khyleigh North and Chanden Lawson were honored Saturday evening as they were both named 2013 LaGrange County 4-H Master Achievers.
Lawson, 17, was honored as a Master Achiever less because of his 4-H awards and more because of his position as a helpful role model to younger 4-H’ers.
Lawson is a nine-year 4-H member and a Junior Leader. He averages about 12 projects per year, participating yearly in started calf, poultry, rabbits, food, food preservation, arts and crafts, recycling, and more.
He said the process for applying to be a Master Achiever Nominee wasn’t easy. He had to brainstorm with his mother, Sharita Carpenter, to list every single project he’d done and all of the ribbons he’d ever won over his nine years in 4-H.
He was proud that this honor was based on his leadership and organization as a Junior Leader, especially his help to the younger kids in 4-H. Lawson currently goes to a trade school in Ohio.
North, 17, of Wolcottville, has also been in 4-H for nine years. She is the daughter of Mike and Cheryl North and shows swine and sheep at the fair each year. She also does projects regularly in arts and crafts, gift wrapping, gardening, foods, and microwave.
She loves showing pigs above all, a hobby she’s done since she was 4 years old.
She also enjoys hanging out at fair. “I just love being around my friends and getting the chance to meet new people,” she said. Her grandparents farmed pigs and cattle, so North’s mother and two uncles grew up raising animals, inspiring North’s uncle to begin raising hogs.
“Mom was all for it. My uncle and my mom were the biggest influences to get involved,” she stated. After her senior year in high school, North plans to go to college to be a veterinary technician.