November 4, 2019

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

New Jersey 4-H Members Attend National STEM Summit

Ten New Jersey 4‑H members attended the National Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Youth Summit held October 24–27 at the National 4‑H Youth Conference Center located in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The purpose of the conference was to provide youth with an opportunity to learn about and develop skills and knowledge in STEM and explore careers in STEM related fields.

The New Jersey 4‑H'ers joined over 75 youth and adults representing 17 states at the National STEM Youth Summit. New Jersey delegates attending the conference were: Tanya Batista of Kearny, Elise Crenshaw from Burlington Township, Nicole Duran from Kearny, Shrey Joshi of Moorestown, Kelson Lowrie of Somerset, Scout Lowrie from Somerset, Kristin Osika from Mendham, Arun Pabuwal from Somerset, Shannon Sager of Kearny, and Kayla Soto from North Brunswick.

During the summit, participants attended interactive workshops; engaged in hands-on challenge activities; listened to guest speakers; and interacted with educators who helped them to gain knowledge and skills in a variety of STEM topics and learn about career opportunities.

"The National STEM Youth Summit provided the New Jersey delegates with an excellent opportunity to learn about new areas in the fields of science, engineering and technology and to develop an understanding of various careers in STEM. The Summit was engaging and the workshops and activities were designed to instill curiosity, critical thinking, problem solving, and to develop the skills needed to be successful in life." 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 (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 Program visit the website at:


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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