Rabbits make shy girl disappear

Kaylie Martin of West Jefferson and the Double L II 4-H Club, took first place in senior buck class with a Mini Rex on Tuesday at the Madison County Fair. She said showing rabbits in 4-H helped her with social and public speaking skills.

Magicians can make rabbits appear. For Kaylie Martin, rabbits made a shy girl disappear.

Martin, winner of first place in senior class buck, admits before she involved herself in the 4-H rabbit program, she was shy and rarely spoke to anyone.

That was nine years ago for this member of the class of 2015 of West Jefferson High School. But as she learned about the Castor Mini Rex rabbits from advisor Bob Hockenberry, and was required to tell what she had learned to others, the shy girl began to fade.

“It helped me come out of my shell,” Martin said smiling. “It helped me with my social skills. To be able to talk to people and in front of people.”

Martin now has 19 rabbits, which have been a part of their family as long as she can remember.

“We’ve always had rabbits,” she said.

She will attend Columbus State Community College to begin her college career and take her general education courses.

From there she plans to attend the Ohio State University, where she hopes to land a spot in veterinary school to study large animal medicine.

Dean Shipley can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617, on Facebook at Dean Shipley or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.