4-H Teens Excel In State Wide Public Speaking Contest

UNION COUNTY — 4-H Club members Moenika Chowdhury of Fanwood, Leann Manna of Linden, and Neeraj Shekhar and Joseph Stokes of Westfield, represented the Union County 4-H Program at the 4-H State Presentation Contest at Rutgers University on June 9.

“Over 160 4-H members from throughout the state participated in the competition,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “The Freeholder Board is extremely proud of the Union County members for their hard work and dedication.”

Each of the participants advanced to the State Presentation Contest after having scored “excellent” at the Union County 4-H Presentation Contest in March.

For her presentation, Chowdhury performed Mozart’s Concerto No.1 on her flute, while Manna gave a demonstration of how to make colonial era cookies and Stokes presented a talk on the benefits of running. Shekhar, who won Best in Room, gave a talk entitled “Are We Too Thirsty,” about world water use.

Each of the talks was eight minutes in length and the presenters were evaluated on voice projection, eye contact, appearance and attitude.

The quality of their material was judged based on accuracy, timeliness and organization, as well as the use of visual aids.

The 4-H youth development program is part of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County, and provides informal, educational programs for youth in grades K-13 while encouraging responsibility, community awareness and character development.

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