BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — Four horse club members are among 11 students have been named recipients of Somerset County 4-H scholarships.
Open to members and alumni of the Somerset County 4-H Youth Development program, the 11 winners will receive a total of $21,000 for their continuing education.
Recipient of the Joseph J. & Florence K. Klimas Scholarship is Camille Duchamp of Princeton; 4-H Trainmasters Scholarship Anthony Siniscalco of Readington, 4-H Alpaca Club Scholarship and Rob Fellows Memorial Scholarship, Bridget Sona from White house Station; 4-H Prep Scholarship, Julie Pirro from Metuchen and Noah Rothenburger of Readington. Recipients of the Somerset County 4-H Association Scholarships are Kirsten Clerico of Hillsborough, Kate Gallagher of Bridgewater, Alex Norz of Hillsborough, Molly O’Sullivan of Hillsborough, Julie Pirro of Metuchen, Noah Rothenburger of Readington, Ariel Staffin of Bridgewater and Madison Whiting of Somerset.
Camille Duchamp has been a Somerset County 4-H member for five years and a Junior Leader for two. Throughout that time she has been a member of the Horsin’ Around Club and Teen Horse Council. She is currently a leader in both clubs. As a leader, Duchamp has continued to help at many 4-H events such as the Club Carnival, County Fair, and Horse project tack sale. She is very active in researching ideas for 4-H and continues to mentor younger members and motivate them with her sense of humor and understanding of all teens struggles with today. Duchamp just graduated from RVCC and this fall, plans to attend Rutgers, where she will be majoring in Education.
Bridget Sona has been a member of the Somerset County 4-H program for the past 12 years. She is a member of the Chaps N’ Spurs Club. Within her club, she actively helps and supports the prep members (grades K-3) to continue to thrive in the program. Whether it’s teaching members about horses or simply encouraging others to get involved in new events, she tries to mentor anyone that comes into contact with her. Sona has been a TOPS Camp Counselor for the past two years and uses her great leadership skills to identify and rectify issues. This fall she plans to attend Mount Saint Mary’s University in Maryland, where she will study biology and hopes to enter the medical field someday.
Madison Whiting has been a Somerset County 4-H member for the past 10 years. Throughout that time she has been a member of the Little Woofers Club, Woof Club, Hoofbeats Club, Stablemates Club, and Horsin’ Around Club. She has also been active in the Horse Teen Council and Mounted Drill Team performing at the Somerset County 4-H Fair and the State 4-H Horse Show. Whiting’s greatest accomplishment in the horse project was winning the Eastern National 4-H Horse Round-Up Team Presentations contest in 2016.
A mentor to younger members of her horse clubs, Whiting has given riding and showmanship lessons. Her various community service activities included raising $500 for a cancer patient by helping to coordinate a benefit horse show. Her other passion has been High School Theatre. She plans to incorporate this passion with the scientific knowledge she gained in 4-H to major in Theater and Cognitive Neuroscience.
For more information on the New Jersey 4-H program see www.nj4h.rutgers.edu
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