EAST AMWELL, NJ - The Senator’s Trophy for Leadership Excellence was presented to 4-H member Zachary Majorossy of Readington at this year’s Hunterdon County 4-H and Agricultural Fair.

State Sen. William Schluter started the recognition in 1972 to honor a 4-H teen who exemplifies strong leadership qualities. To be considered for the award, the candidate must be a member in good standing of the 4-H Junior Leaders group. He or she must be active in leadership, work well with young members, and participate in community service and public speaking.

Zack is a 7-year member of the Junior Leaders, Fur n’ Feathers and Creative Kids 4-H groups. He is one of the most dedicated 4-H youth in Hunterdon, 4-H Program Assistant Sherrie Peterson noted. He enjoys every aspect of the program including workshops, events, community service and of course the fair.

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Zack is described by Peterson as a hard-working teen who never misses a work detail within 4-H, present from start to finish. His kind and pleasant personality makes it easy to work with him. He enjoys teaching skills to young members and has planned and taught many craft and wood working projects at workshops. He loves to participate in community service projects and takes a major role in planning the 4-H Make a Difference Day Project, Peterson reported.

Through his involvement in Junior Leaders, he is a part of the executive committee in charge of planning the year’s events. He served North Jersey Teen Conference Planning Committee for two years and serves on the Fair’s soda trailer committee. He has been a judge for some Junior Leader events. Zach is a home-schooled student, going into his junior year.

Schluter, who retired from politics long ago, died last year at age 90. Senators who succeeded Schluter, who represented Hunterdon in the Legislature, continued the 4-H leadership award tradition. The Senator’s Trophy was presented to Zack by Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16th), whose district includes parts of Hunterdon, during the opening ceremony at this year’s Fair. Schluter first presented the award at Flemington Fair. The tradition continued when the Hunterdon County 4-H and Agricultural Fair succeeded it in 2000.