SCOTCH PLAINS – Forty-six members of the Union County 4-H Clubs took to the stage last month for the annual 4-H Public Presentation Night, sharing their personal passion for topics ranging from stop-motion video to basic Chinese, and much more. The event was held at the Union County Vo-Tech Schools campus in Scotch Plains.
“Our 4-H members reflect the diverse, dynamic energy and creative spirit that makes Union County such a wonderful place in which to raise a family,” said Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter. “The Freeholder Board is very proud of every one of the Presentation Night speakers, who reached out to share their favorite subjects with others.”
Seven of the speakers qualified to move up to the statewide Presentation event in June: Kyle Grant of Union, Kirstin Waldman of Roselle, and Adrian Lam, Neeraj Shekhar, Vivek Sreenivasan, Joseph Stokes and Michael Stokes, all of Westfield.
Union County 4-H is the youth development program of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County, supported in part by the Freeholder Board.
Public Presentation Night is the culmination of long preparation during the school year. Each participant picks a topic they feel strongly about, develops a brief speech that demonstrates their knowledge of the subject, and delivers it at a public event.
The goal is to provide young people in grades 1 through 12 with opportunities to exercise their communication skills, while encouraging them to explore topics of interest to them in greater depth.
Union County 4-H offers many popular clubs including archery, Lego robotics, horticulture, living history, cooking, dog training, fashion and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
For more information about Union County 4-H, contact 4-H Agent James Nichnadowicz at the Extension office in Westfield, 908-654-9854 or Nichnadowicz@njaes.rutgers.edu. 4-H clubs fill quickly, and the Archery and Lego Robotics clubs are chosen by lottery. To keep informed about the registration schedule contact Judi Laganga at the Westfield office, 908-654-9854 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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