4-H’er and athlete: Rebecca Lucas


The past two summers, The Tribune profiled local high school athletes who entered 4-H projects for the Jackson County Fair.

The 2020 fair was scheduled for last week, but it was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We still wanted to highlight the efforts that local student-athletes put into their 4-H projects, which were entered virtually this year. This is the last profile. Others were featured Monday through Saturday last week.

Name: Rebecca Lucas

School: Brownstown Central High School

Grade: 12

Sports: Volleyball (two years), club volleyball (three years), drill team (two years)

Other school activities: Student council (one year), FFA (three years), Braves Against Drugs Club (two years)

Number of years involved in 4-H: 9

4-H club: Cloverleaf

4-H projects this year: Sheep, beef, sewing, Junior Leaders

How do you balance your sports and 4-H responsibilities?

I hold a tight schedule, so time management is always key. I work on them every time I get a chance.

What is your typical schedule like during the summer when it comes to 4-H and sports? What is an average day like?

I usually have practices in the morning, but on top of that, I also work. Working on 4-H projects usually occurs in the evening.

Why are you involved in both 4-H and athletics?

I participate in both 4-H and athletics because 4-H teaches me how to be a leader and sports teach me how to be a team player, both preparing me for the real world when I get a job.

What is something you’ve learned from 4-H that translates to your sports or vice versa?

I’ve learned how to be hardworking in 4-H, which boosted my stamina during sports. I’ve also learned that when things get tough, you can’t give up, and that goes for both 4-H and athletics.

Why would you encourage someone in 4-H to also participate in athletics?

Athletics make you stronger mentally and physically. I would encourage someone to join a sports team to gain this trait.

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