The "Kid of the Year" is also awfully handy around a cattle pen.
As a spectator pointed out in an understatement on Friday at the 61st annual Somervell County Youth Fair, Payton Alexander is having a "pretty good year" - even if her recent good fortune wasn't all in the same calendar year.
Alexander won four belt buckles - taking both Grand Champion and Reserve Champion in Breeding Beef Cattle, and Reserve Champion and Junior Showmanship in Market Steers. A year ago, she had the Grand Champion heifer at the Somervell County event.
In December, the 10-year-old fourth-grader at Glen Rose Intermediate School was voted as the News-O-Matic "Kid of the Year" for 2016. The online news source designed for children recognized Alexander as the top vote-getter nationwide among five finalists who had made news last year. Alexander earned the honor for her efforts in raising $11,000 to benefit the families of the five law enforcement officers who were killed by a sniper on July 7 in Dallas.
Just as Alexander had a drive to help those suffering families, she also brings a high level of passion and success to her Glen Rose 4-H Club activities.
After all her photos were taken Friday, Alexander finally had a moment to sit down and describe how much she loves showing animals.
"I like doing it a lot. On a scale of one to 10, I'd probably say a 10," she said. "They're almost like big dogs - just a little more headstrong. I would encourage other people to get out here and show."
But what if she wasn't winning all those belt buckles and titles?
"It would still probably be a nine," Alexander said. "I do like showing cows."
She showed two heifers and one steer at the Youth Fair.
Guiding them around during judging was no easy task. Alexander weighs only about 80 pounds, compared to the steer that tips the scales at 1,140 pounds.
Alexander spends about two to three hours a day feeding and working with her show animals. Her mother, Margaret, and her dad, Michael, also showed animals when they were in school.
"It blows me away that she wants to spend time in the barn," Michael Alexander said. "She's gotten stepped on and kicked, but she gets up and dusts herself off."
Despite the fact that handling the big beefy animals can be hazardous for such a tiny girl, Payton keeps on keeping on.
"An Alexander never quits. That's what Mom and Dad always told me," Payton said.