Keeping up: Paige Wickard, 10, a student at Eastern Hancock Elementary, checks to see what homework awaits her during some downtime at the Open Beef Show Thursday at the Indiana State Fair. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)
Balancing act: Shelby Stephenson, 15, a sophomore at Eastern Hancock High School, washes one of her show cattle Thursday. Shelby and Paige are among local students who missed days at school to participate in the state fair. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)
GREENFIELD — Thursday afternoon, around the time her classmates were finishing lunch and buckling down for the second half of the school day, Shelby Stephenson was stretching out for a quick nap in the cattle barn.
Unlike her Eastern Hancock High School peers, who still had three hours left before they’d be granted their freedom, Shelby, 15, had already called it quits for the day.
The sophomore has missed three days of school to participate in the cattle and swine projects at the Indiana State Fair this year, but she knows better than to fall behind in class. In between shows, the seven-year 4-H’er was chipping away at her homework.
“She’s got her book bag with her,” her mother, Stacey Stephenson said. “That’d be too much to make up.”