Editor's note: This is another in our continuing series featuring county 4-H members as they prepare for the Wayne County Fair, which starts this Friday.
Hi, my name is Makayla Stone and I am 14 years old.
Unlike some other 14 year olds, 4-H is my pride and joy. I have learned over these years what responsibility, a good work habit and drive is.
4-H has changed my life so much over the past years. When I started 4-H in 2008 I was just a shy little girl that needed her parents help with everything. I was only 8, it was hard to do what the bigger kids were doing and show as well as they did.
With my family's help, I took that drive to be a better showman and put it to good use.
Today my family and I run a productive farm in Hamlin. Stone Valley Farm's cattle have won numerous awards at the local fair, Pennsylvania Farm Show, Keystone International Livestock Expo and Jackpot shows.
On our farm we don't just leave the responsibility to one person in our family; it's a shared effort. Everyday our family works together to get the job done.
I have learned that you may have to give up going to the movies with your friends, or shopping, or whatever it may be because work needs to get done and if I want to get better at something I have to work it.
I have to have that drive and good work habit to become that better showman. As Vince Lombardi once said, "The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary."
At last year's Wayne County Fair I was awarded the first ever Ultimate Showman.
In this competition you had to show all species, which included a pig, goat, lamb, beef cow and dairy cow.
Page 2 of 2 - All my hard work and preparation to be as good as the older kids had paid off. Those countless hours I spent with my animals, walking them, and just trying to be one with them, had been my road to success.
I still use this method ever since I learned it, it's not only helped me to become a better showman but also a better person. Without 4-H my life wouldn't be the same.
I don't even know where I would be in life without it because I have learned numerous things from being involved.
Also, I would have never gotten to where I am today without my family's support and I would like to thank them so very much for all they do for my brother and me. Their hard work and dedication has led me to love 4-H as greatly as I do today.