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Morris 4-H kids public presentation program goes virtual

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – Students in Morris County’s 4-H program learned how to give public presentations on camera this year, as they competed in the annual 4-H Public Presentation Event in a virtual format due to COVID-19.

Morris 4-H Kids Public Presentation Program Goes Virtual -- Refuse to Bow to COVID-19!

(Photo: Sophia Kissling, Gwendolyn Wacha-Diaz and Joshua Miteer make their presentations on video/Courtesy Morris County).

When in-person programming was canceled due to the pandemic, ten 4Hers adapted to the moment and delivered formal 3-15 minute presentations on topics of their choice by video. Participants in kindergarten through high school were judged by volunteers.

“The number one fear for many adults is public speaking,” said Kelly Dziak, Morris County 4-H Program Associate. “This event helps kids develop the skills and confidence they need to speak in front of an audience of any size. This year, participants also learned how to give their presentation while on camera and they did a fantastic job.”

The results of the Morris County 4-H Virtual Public Presentations event are as follows:

    • Sophia Kissling of ­­­­Chester received an Excellent for her presentation titled “Slime Time”
    • Johanna Pipoli of Ledgewood received an Excellent for her presentation titled “The Road to 4-Her of the Year”
    • Gwendolyn Wacha-Diaz of Long Valley received a Cloverbud Participation Ribbon for her presentation titled “Horse Colors”
    • Heather Doherty of Mine Hill received an Excellent for her presentation titled “Aspergers”
    • Claire Behnke of Randolph received an Excellent for her presentation titled “All About Dogs”
    • Emmett Behnke of Randolph received a Cloverbud Participation ribbon for his presentation titled “Rainbow Looms”
    • Ava Rivera of Wharton received a Very Good for her presentation titled “Dog Care and Training”
    • Joshua Mitteer of Wharton received a Very Good ribbon for his presentation titled “Robo Hamsters”
    • Mahi Gupta of Wharton received an Excellent for her presentation titled “Thrombophlebitis DVT”
    • Myra Gupta of Wharton received a Very Good for her presentation titled “Dolgona Coffee”

Teens in grades 8 and up who received a score of “Excellent” will compete in the State 4-H virtual event in July.

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 discrimination. All are welcome.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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