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During 10-year span, local 4-H'r has seen it all

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Ten-year 4-H participant Jazmine Kellum, 18, dries off her Polled Hereford cow. [Click to enlarge]
During her 10 years involved in 4-H, Jazmine Kellum, 18, has competed in practically everything.

Ten years ago, the 2008 Northview High School graduate started showing chickens. Through the years, she has progressed and for several years, she has shown beef, her admitted favorite category.

"My entire family has been in 4-H for as long as I can remember," Jazmine said.

This year, Jazmine has two Polled Hereford cows she is showing, Charger and Boomer.

She started showing cattle when she was 11. Then, she had three cows.

"I was really nervous," Jazmine said. "There's a lot of stuff to do."

Jazmine's mother, Colleen, said family cousin Martha Knox encouraged her children to get involved in 4-H. But, family lineage also played a big role in Jazmine getting involved. Colleen also showed chickens and rabbits when she was involved in 4-H.

Jazmine is a member of the Van Buren Hustlers and specialty club Junior Leaders.

She said through the years, she's been able to juggle so many projects with the help of time management.

"And a lot of sleepless nights," Jazmine added. "It's fun. It gives me something to do."

Jazmine is involved in seven fair categories this year. Her family owns the Lazy K cattle farm and her sister Simone is also involved in 4-H. All of the Kellum cattle is homegrown.

"They're like my pets. They're like dogs," Jazmine said. "Some people like dogs. I like cows. It's fun. It pays off in the end."

Jazmine said she's aware this is her final year being involved in 4-H.

"It's a big task, but it's kind of sad because I know it's my last week," she said.

She also enjoys working with younger children who are just getting started in 4-H.

"You just try to encourage the younger kids to take on more projects," she said.

She will be attending Franklin College in the fall, where she will play tennis.

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