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2023 Teen Awards Winners with awards

Teen Hall of Fame

2023 Ohio 4-H Teen Award Recipients


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Teen of the Year Sara Newsome with glass "Teen of the Year" Award

Sara Newsome, Highland County - 

As a teen who is always ready and willing to help when needed, Sara has been an active member in Highland County, in Ohio and with national 4-H programs. She served as Junior Fair Board president in Highland County and at the Ohio State Fair.  Her presentation on health issues at the National 4-H Conference led to a meeting with at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. She serves as a junior advisor for the Teen Leadership Council and is active with Collegiate 4-H at Ohio State. Sara’s talent as a team player and her leadership abilities make her an excellent role model for all 4-H’ers.

Teen Hall of Fame Addy Kendle with Glass "Teen Hall of Fame" Award

Addy Kendle, Tuscarawas County - 

Being a confident and well-versed public speaker has meant Addy has used her talents to promote 4-H in Tuscarawas County. As a leader and mentor, she has served as a camp counselor, junior fair board member, the county Lamb and Wool Queen, and on the 4-H Food and Fashion Board. She was one of the first 4-H members to participate in the Quilts of Valor program, which involved creating and donating quilts to veterans. Addy’s calendar is full of 4-H activities and commitments, and she exemplifies what it means to be an outstanding 4-H member.

Teen Hall of Fame Melina Matics with Glass "Teen Hall of Fame" Award

Melina Matics, Washington County -

Ten years ago, Melina took her first 4-H project, and those efforts grew to more than 36 projects, with 28 qualifying for the Ohio State Fair, resulting in 8 clock trophies. Her service includes participating as a club officer, camp counselor in Washington County and at State Leadership Camp, junior fair board member, Carteens instructor, and as a member of the Ohio 4-H Foundation. She attended the National 4-H Conference and Congress and was the featured entertainer at the National Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Melina helps others be the best they can be by helping them to get involved.


Teen Hall of Fame Adrianna Meyer with Glass "Teen Hall of Fame" Award

Adrianna Meyer, Henry County -

With her infectious excitement and passion for 4-H, Adrianna brings new ideas and awareness to 4-H programs. She elevated the Henry County Junior Leadership Club to new heights with her leadership as president by setting goals and priorities. She led a community Easter egg hunt, served as her county’s fair queen, was on the Ohio State Junior Fair Board, and on Teen Leadership Council. Adrianna’s positive personality has introduced new ideas locally and at the state, and both youth and adults find her a joy to be around.

Teen Hall of Fame Emily Scaff with Glass "Teen Hall of Fame" Award Emily Scaff, Scioto County -

Scioto County has benefitted from Emily’s leadership and commitment. Her reorganization of the Junior Fair Board led to goal setting and meetings that run more efficiently. She has been instrumental in helping her county program plan and implement programs for new members and Cloverbuds. On the Teen Leadership Council her leadership and coordination of professional development has led to the personal and collective growth of members. She leads by example and is well-respected by her peers and the adults with whom she works.



Ohio 4-H Teen of the Year & Hall of Fame Nominations


Nominations for the 2024 Ohio 4-H Teen of the Year and Hall of Fame will be available in the fall. Nomination forms are due by December 1, 2023. If deemed necessary, an interview process may be held for finalists.



Paper Application

Online Application

Teen of the Year Honors one outstanding teen that has had great accomplishments in the past year. This award was created to honor a select individual for their performance, dedication, and passion for the 4-H program.  Nominee must be between the ages of 13 and 18 as of January 1 the year they are nominated.    
Teen Hall of Fame Induction into the Teen Hall of Fame is meant to be thought as a very high honor for youth who are selected. It is meant to honor those who have dedicated it all to make the best better in their club, community, country, and world. Nominee must be between the ages of 15 and 18 as of January 1 the year they are nominated.