Past YAS Winners

yas2013-t 2013 – Tim McCall
yas2012-t 2012 – Kevin Finnegan and Rachel Zell
yas2011-t 2011 – Charity Stuart
2010 – Katie Gross, Jeremiah “Sheepdog” Parent and Lorie Butler
2009 – Jonathan Propson from WI and Ben Vincent from AR
2008 – Jeramie Barrett – IA, Mike Salathe – SD, Matt Huls – SD
yas2007-t 2007 – John Thomas “J.T.” Boone – President, Raleigh Chapter, CBA/ABATE of NC. Sunrise “Sonny” L. Pitsch – ABATE of Wisconsin, St. Croix Valley Riders. Molly Su “Monsoon” Van Daele, District 15, ABATE of Iowa
2006 – Shawn Dickie of ABATE of Alaska, Aaron Meyer of ABATE of Indiana, Justin Crawford (The Kid) of ICMS (Idaho Coalition for Motorcycle Safety) and David Duffy of ABATE of Iowa.
2005 – Robert Cuthbertson of ABATE of California and Jennifer Lynn Basden of ABATE of South Carolina
2004 – Crystal Maney of CBA/ABATE of North Carolina
Words from Past Winners

  • My name is Jeramie Barrett I was one of the three Y.A.S. winners from 2008. I applied for the Y.A.S. because of my previous M.O.T.M. experience at Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 2007. That was my first full emersion into the world of motorcycle politics, and I simply had to have more. I was not going to be able to make the trip to Denver without it. So from that point of view this program is wonderful. I suggest that anyone that meets the qualifications for this program should go for this, and if you do not qualify but know
    someone who does, tell them about it. If you care about motorcycles and motorcycle rights this is a great opportunity to get into the mix. Just remember that you will get put on the stage and on the spot to answer some questions.
    Jeramie Barrett
  • The reason I applied for the YAS is quite simple…..I was asked to. I was interested in going to MOTM anyway and was unaware of the YAS untill that point. I didn’t think twice, I figured the worst that could happen was that I wouldn’t be selected and I would end up going anyway. The scholarship definatly made it easier though! After Heartland Steam I was really looking forward to MOTM. I was very impressed to find out the extent of our influence on the gov., I didn’t realize we had the resources. And the I guess the biggest thing that I’ll take back from MOTM is that every individual counts when it comes to preserving our rights. I aslo found out that MOTM isnt so much about the breakouts as it is about the time around them when people get to gether casually and talk about methods that work or even more important about the ones that didn’t work for starting or stopping ledgislation. And as far as fun goes the it’s a bit of a toss up between watching people try to out bid each other at the auction or the Kilts-VS-Bibs tug-a-war. I think the tug-a-war wins though and I hope we have it again this year because I’m buying a kilt!! There’s way too much that a person can take from the MOTM to even try to write down. I do know this though I’m hooked and so are my friend s that came for the first time with me. I never thought that an organization could be adictive but this one sure is.
    Mike Salathe
    S.D. A.B.A.T.E.
    Shadow Riders Chapter State Rep.
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