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Tawnya Martin will ride in the Youth Day parade as the 2015 Grand Marshal. Martin will be honored for her many years of service to Winters youth, as well as 4-H and FFA. She will be formally honored at opening ceremonies on Friday, April 24. Youth Day is on Saturday, April 25.

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Martin chosen as Youth Day Grand Marshal

Express editor
This year’s Youth Day Grand Marshal, Tawnya Martin, is humble to a fault.
“This is really weird – I think it’s so great that they chose me, but on the other hand, there’s so many other people who do so much more than me.”
Martin’s perception may be a little off. How many people in town volunteer at the middle school, with FFA and 4-H, and over the years have also volunteered with Little League, WPNS, the Youth Day Committee and also find time to volunteer in their children’s class room each week?
That narrows the field down quite a bit, doesn’t it.
Martin has been volunteering nonstop for several years, beginning when her teenage son entered middle school. She started serving as the parent volunteer coordinator five years ago, which eventually blossomed into a paid stipend position three years ago, when she additionally took on the responsibility of serving as fundraising coordinator for the school.
One of Martin’s main projects was, and is, raising funds to help send students to Camp Loma Mar, a wildlife reserve on the central coast that gives students a chance to experience nature. Martin has coordinated fundraising sales of cookie dough, magazines and now chocolate bars to make sure that every child has the opportunity to go to camp. Another major fundraiser she coordinated was the sale of “butter braids,” which helped fund dances a “turkey trot” and other extracurricular activities.
Beyond the school campus, Martin has served as the 4-H community club leader for the last four years, taking care of fundraising, registrations and all sorts of administrative duties for all the 4-H project clubs in Winters. She additionally helps coordinate Winters 4-H’s participation in the annual Spring Show, their big event of the year.
Another major 4-H project is the annual Green & White Social, which supports Spring Show awards, scholarships and field trips, as well as helping to pay they way for 4-H members who go on to national competitions. In years past, the event brought in about $3,000, but when Martin took over last year, 4-H raked in $12,000.
Besides serving as the overall Winters coordinator, Martin is also a 4-H Arts & Crafts and Rabbit leader.
While 4-H is mainly for the younger kids, FFA is for high school students, and Martin volunteers there as well. She is a member of FFA Boosters, helps raise scholarship funds and volunteers at the annual Wild Wild West Dinner & Dance, which is a major fundraiser for the group. Recent proceeds allowed the FFA to purchase a new livestock trailer. . . .



Jacob Lowrie gets a base hit during the Winters High School varsity baseball teams victory over visiting Williams on Wednesday, April

Photo by Eric Lucero


Warrior start
league play at 2-0

Express sports

The week started with a loss, then it was a tie and ended with two blowout victories. The Winters High School varsity baseball team finished up their tournament play in Woodland on Monday, March 30, with a loss to Christian Brothers and a tie with Colfax on Tuesday, March 31.
Winters lost 10-3 to Christian Brothers after giving up seven runs in the first inning. After that it was an even game. Morgan Nicholas got the start and threw the first two innings for Winters giving up eight runs, five of them earned on four hits two walks and a strikeout. Jaime Bermudez threw three innings giving up on runs on one hit and Ernie Duran threw one inning, gave up two runs, one earned on one hit and had two base on balls.
At the plate Sammy Gonzales batted 1 for 4. Nicholas scored a run. Jacob Lowrie hit a homerun batting 1 for 2 with a run scored and an RBI. Anthony Carrion batted 1 for 3 with an RBI. Greg Creamer scored a run and Anthony Simone went 1 for 2 with an RBI.
The Warriors gave up two runs in the bottom of the seventh to settle for a 5-5 tie with Colfax. Ricky Riise threw a complete game for Winters giving up five runs, three earned on seven hits, had two walks and four strikeouts. . . .




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