FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 23, 2009

CONTACT: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tina Casey, 908-527-4346

 

LOCAL 4-H YOUTHS SHINE AT UNION COUNTY PRESENTATION NIGHT
Nine participants qualify for statewide event in June

 

Bartholomew: “Bartholomew” (Austin McCaffrey of Roselle Park) explains a day in the life of an 18th Century farm boy at Union County 4-H Presentation Night.
Bartholomew:  “Bartholomew”  (Austin McCaffrey of Roselle Park) explains a day in the life of an 18th Century farm boy at Union County 4-H Presentation Night.

Thomas: “Thomas”(Izreal Burgess of Rahway) demonstrates how to use the black powder muzzle loader musket at Union County 4-H Presentation Night.
Thomas: “Thomas”(Izreal Burgess of Rahway) demonstrates how to use the black powder muzzle loader musket at Union County 4-H Presentation Night.

Lilly Ann: “Lilly Anne”(Kirstin Waldmann of Roselle) told of her Colonial life and how her family enjoys her playing of the Strumstick at Union County 4-H Presentation Night.
Lilly Ann: “Lilly Anne”(Kirstin Waldmann of Roselle) told of her Colonial life and how her family enjoys her playing of the Strumstick at Union County 4-H Presentation Night.

Elizabeth, NJ – From caring for a tree frog to making pancakes, dozens of Union County 4-H Club members in 1st through 12th grades demonstrated their knowledge, passions, and interests during a recent public speaking exercise and awards ceremony.  The youths each received a rosette in recognition of their efforts.

“Union County 4-H gives every young person a chance to explore something they love and share their enthusiasm with others,” said Alexander Mirabella, Chairman of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

The 4-H Clubs are run by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension, supported in part by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  Their mission is the development of life skills for youth including public speaking.  A highlight of the 4-H year is the annual presentations night.  Each 4-H member gives a brief talk on a subject of their choice.

Some examples of the wide range of interests at this year’s ceremony were “Caring for a Tree Frog” by Seth Walters of Winfield, “Karaoke” by Bryan Chen of Westfield, “Endangered Animals” by Wendell Telesford of Rroselle, and “How to Make Pancakes” by James Duffey of Garwood.

The eleven members of the 4-H Colonial Living History Club introduced a new Living History event this year.  They each developed a colonial persona dressed in authentic clothing, gave their presentation under a created name, and taught an aspect of 18th century American life using authentic props.

The Living History topics included “How to Write With a Quill Pen” by ‘Charity’ (Soukeyna Diouf of Rahway), “Everyday Life of an 18th Century Farm Boy” by ‘Bartholomew’(Austin McCaffrey of Roselle Park), “Lenape Corn Grinding and Pottery Making” by ‘Speaking Rain’ (Jenna Arvelo of Hillside), and “The Musical Strumstick” by ‘Lilly Ann’ (Kirstin Waldmann of Roselle).

Volunteer judges rated older students based on the non-competitive Danish scoring system.  Younger students were given Presenter awards for participating.  Nine participants qualified for the New Jersey State 4-H Presentation Day on June 6 at Cook College, New Brunswick.

The new Colonial Living History program was funded in part by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

To find out about 4-H Club membership or volunteer opportunities, contact Union County 4-H Agent James Nichnadowicz at 908-654-9854 x2236, or jnichnadowicz@ucnj.org, or visit www.nj4h.rutgers.edu.