Former Barn Queen Bailey Chisholm: 4-H instills work ethic, leadership

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – For a decade, Bailey Chisholm has dedicated much of her waking time to 4-H, raising pigs, baking bread and growing trees.

Last year’s 4-H Barn Queen at the Indian River County Firefighters’ Fair, the 18-year-old has won every award there is for raising and showing hogs – except for one, mucking stalls.

“4-H has brought me a long way,” Chisholm said, standing near her Senior Project displaying the countless ribbons and trophies she’s earned over the years.

At the age of 8 or so, Chisholm learned of 4-H from a neighbor who talked about what it was like being a part of the organization.

“It sounded like fun,” she said, so she joined.

The time and energy that has gone into her career with 4-H has been well rewarded, Chisholm said, explaining that she has learned leadership, organization, time management and so much more.

“It keeps me out of trouble,” she said.

When she isn’t working in 4-H, Chisholm can be found studying – keeping her grades in the A’s – cheering for Vero Beach High, and planning to become a nurse.

For everything that keeps her busy, Chisholm said she considers herself “normal” and yes, she sleeps.

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