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Elizabeth, NJ – Four youths from the Union County 4-H Club took the stage at New Jersey Presentation Day in New Brunswick, joining 150 other young people from around the state to sharpen their public speaking skills and share their passion for a wide range of topics.  The annual event is sponsored by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H youth development program.

“We are very proud to have these four young people represent Union County at the state level,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.  “They’ve each demonstrated hard work, creativity, and passion, and together they show that our communities host a healthy diversity of ideas, opinions, and interests.”

Public speaking is an important part of the 4-H experience.  The presentation events provide 4-H club members with an advanced opportunity to practice their skills.  Teens who participate in the state event are encouraged to share their knowledge with younger 4-H members in their home counties.  Each teen presents an original speech, from 8 to 12 minutes long, on a subject of their choice.

The Union County 4-H presenters were Danielle Hill of Plainfield, Bryan Chen of Westfield, Cynthia Lam of Westfield, and Paul Szetela of Linden.  To qualify for the state event, each received an “Excellent” rating from a panel of judges at last month’s Union County Presentation Night.

Mr. Szetela gave a talk about Polish Easter baskets,” Cynthia Lam gave a talk entitled “Improving Sex Education, One Story at a Time,” Danielle Hill spoke about the labor exploitation of children in Third World countries, and Bryan Chen spoke about karaoke.

The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension, sponsored in part by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  For more information about 4-H in Union County, contact 4-H Agent James Nichnadowicz at or 908-654-9854 x2236, or visit