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For love of 4-H: Teen shares lessons learned from 4-H

August 1, 2018

Charlotte Schuerman helps her young cousin during the Clover Kids Sheep Show at the Gage County Fair.

Charlotte Schuerman likes working with children and animals. 4-H has allowed her to experience both interests at the same time this year as she mentored a cousin in the Clover Kid Sheep Show.

Schuerman has been involved in 4-H for seven years and is a member of the Indian Creek Club and the Norris Neighbors. She said some of her favorite projects have been sheep, dairy goats, pigs, quilts and last year she made a row boat.

“I like the row boat because I could actually use it. If I want to go fishing, it’s something I could take out,” Schuerman said.

“I would rather show sheep than goats. Goats just sit in the pasture until it’s time for the show. Our sheep are so tame. They’re like our dogs. Besides they are soft. Showing sheep is more work, but it’s more fun,” Schuerman said.

“Paprika was my lamb this year. She got second in her class. I’m going to show her at AKSARBEN this year. She just needs to fill out a bit,” Schuerman said.

She added that she is thinking about a career in nursing with babies or agriculture working with animals.

“But I’m 16 so I have a few years to decide,” said Schuerman, who lives with her parents, Tom and Becky, and her brother near Martell.

She stays busy with band, cross country and choir at Norris High School. She has also been active on and off stage at The Stage Theatre in Hickman.

“I have learned patience in working with my 4-H projects,” Schuerman said. “Animals take training. They don’t do things immediately.”

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