March 23, 2018

News Release

For Immediate Release

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

Top 4-H Equine Presentation Content Winners Named

Thirty 4‑H members representing nine counties (Atlantic, Burlington, Gloucester, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Somerset, Sussex and Warren) competed in the New Jersey State 4‑H Equine Presentation Contest on March 19 at the Rutgers Eco-Complex in Bordentown.

The New Jersey 4‑H Equine Presentation Contest is part of the 4‑H Horse Program. By learning to give presentations and demonstrations, 4‑H'ers gain self-confidence and speaking abilities that are valuable in life situations such as school, the work place and the community. 4‑H'ers can compete in the Junior Division (grades 4-8) and Senior Division (grades 9-13) public speaking, individual presentations, or team presentations category. The individual presentation category is a demonstration or illustrated talk on a horse related topic given by one person. The team presentation is a team activity, consisting of two (2) 4‑H Horse, Horse Science or Model Horse Club members providing a demonstration or illustrated talk on a horse related topic. The public speaking category is where one (1) 4‑H Horse, Horse Science or Model Horse Club Member gives a talk with no props on a horse related topic.

Participation in the Equine Presentation project helps youth develop skills in research, organization and public speaking. Ideas, interests and talents are shared with peers. Club members also learn about working with others when giving a "Team Presentation".

The winners were as follows:

Individual Presentation – Junior Division
1st place: Olive Scaff (Monmouth County)
2nd place: Kazzandra Higgins (Sussex County)
3rd place: Alex Morgan (Ocean County)
4th place: Kyra Huebner (Ocean County)
5th place: Lacey Jernstedt (Ocean County)

Individual Presentation – Senior Division
1st place: Morgan Puglisi (Burlington County)
2nd place: Sarah Chaplain (Warren County)
3rd place: Rachel Vence (Warren County)
4th place: Caroline Rockhill (Atlantic County)
5th place: Kara Johnson (Somerset County)
6th place: Morgan Wordelmann (Gloucester County)
7th place: Madison Whiting (Somerset County)
8th place: Hunter Morgan (Ocean County)
9th place: Alexis Grogan (Warren County)
10th place: Nicole Tczap (Sussex County)
11th place: Colleen Cowell (Warren County)

Public Speaking – Junior Division
1st place: Skylar Cooper (Gloucester County)

Team Demonstration – Junior Division
1st place: Liana Trebour and Nora Hensen (Ocean County)

Team Demonstration – Senior Division
1st place: Trudy Brennan and Riley Chenoweth- Hafner (Ocean County)
2nd place: Grayson Link and Kaylee Luckiewicz (Gloucester County)

Public Speaking – Senior Division
1st place: Brittany Smith (Warren County)
2nd place: Katie Kalfayan (Monmouth County)

The top two (2) seniors in each category will now work with coaches towards representing New Jersey at the Eastern National 4‑H Round-Up Contest to be held in November 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky.

If you would like more information on the 4‑H Horse Program or how you can become involved in 4‑H, contact the 4‑H office in the county in which you reside or visit the website at

The 4‑H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. 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.


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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