Shanna Gleason has a lot of responsibility for a 13-year-old.


The Graham Junior High School eighth grader has been a member of the Lone Star 4-H Club for six years, showing goats and steers and working with food, nutrition, clothing and textile projects. 


One of Gleason's favorite activities is showing off her cooking skills in food and nutrition projects.


The Young County 4-H has something for everyone. Students from age 8 all the way up to high school can participate in a variety of interests. 


Groups will accept new members starting Sept. 16, and club and initial project meetings will kick off with registration night from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at North Central Texas College.  


Shanna Gleason shaves one of her goats.
Shanna Gleason shaves one of her goats. (Courtesy of Debbie Gleason)

Students can choose from seven clubs to join, including the Tejas Club, Horse Club, Lone Star Club, Shooting Sports Club, Orth 4-H, Salt Fork 4-H and the Clover Kids Club. The Clover Kids Club, a part of 4-H, is for children 8 and under who just want to learn various skills. 


Students will take the tools and information they learned and use them in county, district and state competitions. Also, those showing livestock may attend clinics, shows and more to better care for their animals. 


Gleason has already attended a showmanship clinic and learned from her experience.


“It showed me how to take care of the steer and how to set them up,” she said. “I like going to competitions and actually competing and winning."


 She will show two goats and at least one steer at this year's Young County Junior Livestock Show.


It's free to sign up for 4-H through Oct. 31. Gleason believes 4-H fosters character building through teamwork and participation.


For information about 4-H clubs, call the Young County Extension Office at (940) 549-0737.