our youth: AG STARS Hannah Haynes Up and Coming Ag Kid By SHANNON MARTINDALE W e in Parker County are pretty proud of our youth. So many of our young citizens are involved in programs that help give back to their communities, and we admire them for it. One particular young lady who is swiftly up-and-coming to prominence in the Ag world is eighteen-year-old Hannah Haynes. Hannah first became involved in Ag nine years ago. “Basically what happened is one day my mom came home and she said, ‘Do you want to show a goat?’ And I said, ‘Sure. And I got this goat and I hit the ground running and ended up … I just took off with it and the next couple of years,” Hannah said. Over the years, Hannah developed a knack for cattle. “I did 92 great with heifers,” she said. “I had a reserve cham- pion Maine Anjou calf one year; I had a third place Hereford steer make sale.” Most recently, Hannah’s hard work and determi- nation earned her Angus fifth place at the Houston Livestock Show, a much-coveted sale spot. The fifth-place spot is just one example of the time and dedication Hannah puts into everything she does. Dave Marcath, the Ag teacher at Aledo for the past five years, said of Hannah, “Hannah Haynes has been a great asset to our program. Her bubbly, vibrant personality wears off on others. She’s a very positive young lady who works very hard and does a lot of things and balances … showing animals, being involved in leadership, holding down pretty close to a full-time job, so, just a great kid who you hope your daughter grows up to be like.” Hannah gushes about what an impact Ag has had on her life. “Ag has been great. Ag gives you so much. Let’s see...I’m in the FFA, I’m the vice president of our FFA chapter here in Aledo. It teaches you a lot about getting out there in the world … you meet new people, you meet awesome people that are in the Ag industry and you get to do some amazing things. I’ve gotten to travel; I’ve gotten to see great places, but I’ve also gotten to do things like tour veterinary centers … but [the Ag industry] has really taught me how to, kind of, run a business and see what I want to do with my life and learn all about cattle and horses and small animals.” Hannah plans to attend college after graduation. “I think I’m going to go into Ag or business, I may go into real estate and land sales,” she said. For fun, Hannah enjoys participating in FFA, show- ing cows, and helping out in the community.