June 14, 2020

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-seven (27) New Jersey 4‑H members received Outstanding Presentation Awards at the State 4‑H Virtual Public Presentation Contest. This annual event typically held in June on the Cook Douglass Campus of Rutgers University moved to a virtual format this year.

One Hundred Seventeen (117) 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 2020 Outstanding 4‑H Presenter Award winners include: Prisha Bagul, Middlesex County: Isai Balamurugan, Middlesex County; Hannah Beck, Warren County; Brennadette Beebe, Burlington County; Lauren Benson, Hunterdon County; Olivia Barr and Caroline Wisniewski, Gloucester County; Katherine Carruthers, Warren County; Skylar Cooper, Gloucester County; Aidan Ferry, Hunterdon County; Hannah Golden, Somerset County; Noah Grunder, Cumberland County; Mahi Gupta, Morris County; Kyle Handojo, Middlesex County; Sasha Kapur, Somerset County; Annie Krukis, Passaic County; Kailey Levinson, Bergen County; Kelson Lowrie, Somerset County; Alycea McBride, Burlington County; William Mente, Somerset County; Vrushti Patel, Middlesex County; Adaith Ramesh, Middlesex County; Rishikesh Ravi, Somerset County; Eliza Rothenburger, Somerset County; Luke Santos, Bergen County; Sagar Thapar, Middlesex County; and Kaitlyn Yarusinsky, Hunterdon 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 cite public speaking as 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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