March 6, 2017

News Release

For Immediate Release

EDITOR'S NOTE: Members of the media may contact Jeannette Rea-Keywood, Rutgers 4‑H Youth Development Program by phone at 609-827-0199 or by email at

4-H Leadership Confernece Set for March 18

Fifty-two (52) middle school age youth representing 11 counties will be participating in the Discover the Leader in You! 4‑H Leadership Conference scheduled for March 18 on the G. H. Cook Campus at Rutgers University. Thirteen 4‑H members representing five counties participated in the Discover the Leader in You! 4‑H Conference held on February 18 in Gloucester County.

In today's world, human productivity and success are a result of leadership skills and abilities. Leadership is an essential life skill to develop in both youth. Although every young person has some leadership potential, the skills necessary to be a leader do not necessarily develop in the natural course of life.

The Discover the Leader in You! 4‑H Leadership Conference will provide an opportunity for middle school age youth to learn about and develop leadership knowledge and skills through large and small group interactive workshops and hands-on activities. In addition, conference participants will meet 4‑H'ers from across New Jersey; make new friends; and gain valuable life skills including understanding self, communicating, getting along with others, decision making, and working with groups.

4‑H members participating in the Discover the Leader in You! 4‑H Leadership Conference on March 18 include:

  • Bergen County - Amber Scully, Catherine Scully, Emma Sicheri and Lindsey Wiessner
  • Burlington County - Abigail Brenner
  • Hunterdon County - Megan Connolly, Alexa Cook, Elizabeth Grecco, Emma Jackson, Andrew Lederach, Christopher Lengen, Sophia Solewater, Jeffrey Staudt, Jessica Veith, and Emma Weniger
  • Mercer County - Eli Byrnes, Isabela Lizano, Hailey Ott, Jeffrey Salvador, and Gavin Schleckser
  • Middlesex County - Amelia Dsouza and Kathryn Williams
  • Monmouth County - Shawn Hill, Elika Jaromi, Emily O'Conner, Jordan Paoello, and Jacqueline Tanzi
  • Morris County - Marissa Cogan, Mahi Gupta, and Rylan Masterson
  • Somerset County - Evelyn Chuo, Maxwell Chuo, Hannah Golden, Kelson Lowrie, and Andrew VanLangen
  • Union County - Melanie Aguero, Nikhil Choudhardy, Jack Morel, Daniella Palomino, and Alex Pillar
  • Warren County - Caroline Moore, Allison Shanley, and Bridget Sikkes
  • Sussex County - Ian Rovner

The 4‑H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station–Cooperative Extension. 4‑H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K–13(one year out of high school), on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, marital status, domestic partnership status, military service, veteran status, and any other category protected by law.

For more information about the New Jersey 4‑H Youth Development Program visit the website at or contact Jeannette Rea-Keywood, State 4‑H Agent at Like us on Facebook – New Jersey 4‑H.


Cooperating Agencies: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and County Boards of Chosen Freeholders. Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, is an qual opportunity program provider and employer.

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