our youth: AG STAR KIDS Adalay Sexton – Foodie Star of the Springtown 4-H BY EMMA MOORMAN COURTESY PHOTO NOVEMBER 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY A dalay Sexton, 16, is heavily involved in the Springtown 4-H Club, competing for the last seven years in food shows, food challenges and nutrition quiz bowl events and just recently got involved in the performing arts project. She has also been studying musical theater since the sixth grade. Adalay has gone to state in two events through performing arts, including the duet she sang with her sister for 4-H Has Talent, as well as a solo in another competition. When asked about this experience, she said she enjoyed “performing on stage in front of 4000 people two nights in a row.” In addition to her involvement in food and nutrition and the performing arts, she is also involved in leadership. She is a District 3 county officer and second vice president as well as parliamentarian of her Springtown 4-H club. This well-rounded girl is using her knowledge to benefit her community. She has qualified for state in every food and nutrition competition she has competed in this year, as well as in 2015. Last year she earned third place in her main competition of food show and her ultimate goal is to place first in food show. What draws her to food and nutrition? It’s the opportunity to learn about nutrition, because she had childhood dreams of growing up to be a dietitian. “Even though I’m the most unhealthy person in the world, learning about nutrition is fun for me,” she said. Her favorite part of the performing arts project is the experience of being on stage. “I really enjoy being on stage. I’ve enjoyed it my whole life,” Adalay said. “Now, throughout the state everyone in 4-H knows me as the girl that sang ‘Taylor the Latte Boy,” she laughed. Adalay’s biggest success so far in both the performing arts and in food and nutrition has put her at what could be considered a major crossroad in her life. “I have two sides to me,” Adalay explained. “I have my agricultural side and then I have my music side. I have always been stuck between agriculture and art.” Recently, on her application to 4-H congress she wrote that she wanted to “go back to West Texas and be a wheat farmer; then major in musical theater.” Unfortunately, her dreams of being a “musical 92 farmer,” are still in her distant future while she works on her 4-H projects. “4-H has helped me a lot,” she said. “Even if I don’t go into something agricultural, I know it has helped shape me into a great person. It has also helped my leadership qualities and taught me the importance of citizenship.” Adalay believes that even if 4-H doesn’t end up impacting her career path, it has had a vital influence on her life.