HARROD — Haley Prine, 16, a senior at Allen East High School, is looking forward to this year’s Allen County Fair.
Last week, Gov. Mike DeWine mandated all fairs transition into Junior Fair’s only.
“I’m involved in 4-H. I’ve taken several projects over the years, like my main thing is I show my rabbit and they’re the 16th rarest in the country and it’s crazy because people will come up to me and ask me about my rabbit and I can just tell them all about it and educate them because they’re rarely seen around here,” Prine said.
She has about four other breeds of rabbits she raises as well as other unique creatures.
“I show my lizard and my turtle with reptiles and amphibians,” she said. “I do poultry as well where I show chickens and ducks and her guinea fowl.
She’s also done photography over the years.
Prine is also involved in athletics at Allen East, playing on the volleyball team and she does the shot put and discus in track.
She’s also a member of Allen East Student Council.
She’s still undecided on what she’ll do after high school.
“I’m not quite sure yet. I’m stuck between these three things. I thought about going into pathology, dermatology or maybe be a veterinarian,” Prine said. “I’ve grown up with animals my whole life, growing up in the country having rabbits and birds and stuff around and it would be hard to draw away from that. I want something that nobody else is really doing. I want to be the unique one,” she said.
She’s considering going to Ohio Northern University in nearby Ada or even has considered checking out the University of California and the University of Kentucky.
Prine is ready for classes to resume later in the month.
“I’d rather go back to the on-campus learning because I still get to see all my friends and that’s what high school is about. It’s not really education, you know, it’s there but anybody can do that online but you don’t get the experiences or hanging out with people — one to one activities and that sort of thing,” she said.
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