The 2022 Ohio 4-H Teen Hall of Fame and Teen of the Year recipients were recognized at the Ohio 4-H Conference. These awards were generously sponsored by Mr. Nelson and Dr. Elizabeth Thomas in memory of Mr. Donald Nelson of Trumbull County.
Teen of the Year
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 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 Inductees
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 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.
Melina Matics, Washington County
Ten years ago, Melina took her first 4-H project. Those efforts grew to more than 36 projects, with 28 qualifying for the Ohio State Fair, resulting in eight 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 board. 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.
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 as president with her leadership 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 level, and both youth and adults find her a joy to be around.
Emily Scaff, Scioto County
Scioto County has benefited from Emily’s leadership and commitment. Her reorganization of the Junior Fair Board led to goal setting so that meetings run more efficiently. She has been instrumental in helping her county plan and implement programs for new members and Cloverbuds. On the Teen Leadership Council, her leadership and coordination of professional development 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.