Playing fair

. September 26, 2012.

Scheniya Johnson is just as at home on the running track as she is at the fairgrounds.

Johnson, 16 and a junior this fall at Arlington High School, runs three events for her school track team. She plays wing on the Arlington Arsenal village soccer team, and recently started refereeing youth soccer. She sings in the school choir, plays flute and trombone in the band, and is a member of the youth group at Good Hope Lutheran Church.

But her passion is showing swine at the Hancock County Fair, where she has won several ribbons, and is secretary of her 4H Club, the So-Han-Co Livestockers (the club is part of Ohio State University’s youth development program). Johnson took time out with Findlay Family to talk about her busy teen life.

You have so many things going on. How do you juggle it all?

It takes a lot of patience, that’s for sure. Having a family that is supportive helps. A lot of my friends are active in the same things and we just carpool and make it easier on our families. I write down everything I have to get done in my planner.

If you could only do one of your many activities, which would it be and why?

Probably 4-H. I like being able to work with all the animals. I’m a big animal person. Then again there’s the friend factor. That’s my family – we’re all very social.

What’s involved in raising pigs for show?

I choose them when they are about one or two months old. You want them to stand level and have good body structure for meat. You want them to look naturally sound. It takes three or four months to get them ready for the fair.

How do you think all of these activities will help you in your future?

I am interested in being either a real estate agent or a wedding planner. Both of those job choices are socially oriented. My social skills will help me in talking to people and starting conversations.

What do you like to do in your limited free time?

I get maybe two or three hours a night when I don’t have track meets. I like to sit down and listen to music. I’m not a big reader, but I like to watch TV.

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