Fifteen (15) New Jersey 4-H members received Outstanding Presentation Awards at the State 4-H Public Speaking Contest. This annual event typically held in June on the Cook/Douglass Campus of Rutgers University was held in a virtual format this year. Participants could opt to do a live virtual presentation or submit pre-recorded presentation.
Eighty-one (81) 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 2021 Outstanding 4-H Presenter Award winners in the pre-recorded division included two youth from Burlington County 4H Cloggers: Brennadette B and Isabella Fisher.
“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 by phone (848-932-3700) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).