A decade ago, Drew Titara was shy and didn’t feel comfortable in a leadership role.

The recent graduate of Franklin Community High School joined 4-H, and that all changed.

Now he is the vice-president of the Union 4-H Club and is using the leadership skills he learned in 4-H to help him when he joins the U.S. Air Force this year.

“It taught me how to do more,” he said.

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And this year he celebrates being a 10-year 4-H member.

When he first started as a 9-year-old, he was showing pigs, coats and cows. Then he decided that cows and steer have the best personality. For the last few years, he has been showing them exclusively.

“Cows are probably my favorite. They have the best personality,” Titara said.

He likes the way the animals can be docile, such as when his current show animal held still so he could perch a little girl on top for a keepsake picture, he said.

4-H taught him responsibility with his animals, he said.

“It takes so much work to work with an animal that is bigger than you,” Titarasaid.

And even people who do not show animals can find something to love about the club, he said.

“4-H is something everyone should go through,” he said.

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Magen Kritsch is an editorial assistant at the Daily Journal. She can be reached at mkritsch@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2770.