Ag news — Sasha Perez and Daniel Stahlnecker of the Bacon Bits and Friends club in Newberg are named Yamhill County members of the year

McMINNVILLE — Newberg’s Bacon Bits and Friends 4-H Club enjoyed quite an evening at the Yamhill County 4-H Fall Awards program, as members Sasha Perez and Daniel Stahlnecker received top honors Oct. 21 at the county fairgrounds.

The teens were named 2013 4-H Members of the Year for showing strong leadership at both the club and county levels.

It was the second consecutive year the honor was awarded to Perez, who served as a 4-H county ambassador, 4-H advisory board member, Junior Club leader and fair superintendent.

In competition, Perez was the county champion showman and state reserve grand champion showman in rabbit, claimed the county showman championship in poultry and was named county small animal master showman for the fourth straight year. An accomplished shooter and student at C.S. Lewis Academy, Perez competed at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Tournament, finishing third in air rifle.

A marksman himself, Stahlnecker will represent Oregon at the 2014 National 4-H Shooting Sports Tournament in June. In addition to serving as club vice president, Stahlnecker was a county 4-H ambassador, governing board member for the Western Oregon Retreat on Leadership Development and youth staff member for the state 4-H program at the Oregon State Fair.

Newberg High School senior Tia Piscitelli, whose “Tia’s Tie Blankies” project fabricates and delivers blankets to patients at Shriners Children’s Hospital, was honored with the I Dare You Leadership Award.

Numerous local students in grades seven through 12 were presented with county 4-H medals for various projects, as well as leadership and citizenship activities.

Among the other award winners from Newberg were: Timothy Lane (archery), Kayla Cox (art), Nicholas Sheridan (beef), Samuel Tenbrook (cat), Greta Spence (cavy), Crystal Lemke (clothing), Kaitlin Davis (community service), Kiley Mowers (foods), Cara Hammon (horse), Samantha Roff (leadership), Victoria Guarnaccia (photography), Kylie Holvek (poultry), Katie Noragon (public speaking), Brandon Fleming (rabbit), Johanna Dejoria (sheep), and Dannie Mowers (shotgun). Holvek was also honored with the Top Intermediate Record Book Award, while Davis earned the Top Senior Record Book Award.

Perez received a medal for citizenship, while Dundee residents McKenzie and Todd Halleman were given metals for achievement and meat goat, respectively.

Ken Roff and John Nyberg Jr. were honored with Outstanding Individual Service Awards, while four Newberg volunteers were also recognized at the event. Wendy Piscitelli took home Horse Leader of the Year, with April Courtney, Theresa Roff and Ariana Piscitelli all garnering the Distinguished Service Award.

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