June 19, 2018

News Release

For Immediate Release

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

4-H Members Capture Top Awards at State 4-H Public Speaking Contest

Twenty-five New Jersey 4‑H members received Outstanding Presentation Awards at the State 4‑H Public Presentations Contest held recently (June 9) at the Cook/Douglass Campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

Over 125 4‑H members from throughout the state took part in this event, which offers qualified 4‑H members an advanced Public Speaking experience. To qualify for this State 4‑H Event, 4‑H members must be in the 8th-13th grade and have received an excellent rating at their County 4‑H Public Speaking Contest. Judging is done by educators, 4‑H volunteers, faculty and staff.

The 2018 Outstanding 4‑H Presenter Award winners include: Kelly Barta, Sussex County; Jillian Bergin, Gloucester County; Teresa Buzzoni, Somerset County; Delaney Carone, Somerset County; Riley Chenoweth-Hafner, Ocean County; Benjamin Fernandez, Somerset County; Philip Frey, Hunterdon County; Shannon Glynn, Middlesex County; Elise Heim, Cape May County; Vedant Iyer, Middlesex County; Anthony Leone, Somerset County; Jessica Lucas, Passaic County; Kate McHale, Somerset County; Ashley Murphy, Salem County; Isaac Oluwakuyide, Union County; Cecelia Ossi, Hunterdon County; Ariana Rodriguez, Union County; Jillian Ruggiero, Monmouth County; Meghna Sarmah, Middlesex County; Olive Scaff, Monmouth County; Hannah Valdes, Monmouth County; Pavani Vikram, Mercer County: Sara Weist, Camden County; Briana Williams, Salem County; and Christopher Williams, Passaic County.

"Public speaking is one of many life skills that 4‑H members learn, develop and enhance during their involvement in 4‑H club, county, state and national positive youth development experiences. 4‑H Alumni site public speaking is the most valuable skill gained while in 4‑H." says Jeannette Rea Keywood, State 4‑H Agent, Department of 4‑H Youth Development.

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, 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 Program visit the 4‑H website at http://nj4h.rutgers.edu/ contact the State 4‑H office (848) 932-3700 or email nj4h@njaes.rutgers.edu.

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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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