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11 Somerset County Students Awarded 4-H Scholarships

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4-H scholarship winners, (l-r) are Bridgett Sona, Kirsten Clerico, Julie Pirro, Kate Gallagher, Madison Whiting, Ariel Staffin, Molly O’Sullivan, Camille Duchamp, Noah Rothenburger, Alex Norz. Credits: Courtesy 4-H
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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Eleven students, including 3 from Hillsborough,  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 share a total of $21,000 for their continuing education.

Hillsborough recipients are Kirsten Clerico, Alex Norz and Molly O'Sullivan..

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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 Clerico, Kate Gallagher of Bridgewater, Norz, O'Sullivan, Julie Pirro of Metuchen, Noah Rothenburger of Readington, Ariel Staffin of Bridgewater and Madison Whiting of Somerset.

Clerico has been a Somerset County 4-H member for the past 13 years. Throughout that time she has been a member of the Little Woofers Club, Woof Club , Grade A Beef Club and Senior Council. In every club, she has held offices ranging from Fundraising Chair to president. She has done public presentations at both the state and national level. In addition, she has attended the North Jersey Teen Conference for four years, Leadership Washington Conference, Citizenship Washington Focus, where she ran the Mock Congress Trial, and the National 4H Congress and Conference. This fall, Kirsten plans to attend Rutgers, where she has decided to study Environmental Science, with a minor in Agricultural Science in college.

 Norz has been a Somerset County 4-H member for the past 12 years. Throughout that time Alex has been a member of New Centre Dairy Club, Branchburg Beef Club, Dairy and Livestock Club, Grade A Beef Club, Udder Club, Exchange Club, Cattle’s Club and 4-H Tops Prep. Alex has a passion for Agriculture and has been able to use 4-H as a tool to build and grow that passion. Alex will study Agricultural and Diesel Mechanics at the University of Northwestern Ohio in the fall.

O’Sullivan has been a member of Somerset County 4-H for the past six years. Throughout that time she has been a member of the New Centre Dairy Club, Sheepfold Club, Senior Council and Grade A Beef Club. She has participated in dairy, sheep, market lamb and beef projects, holding club offices such as vice president and historian. And while she has explored several project areas, it is clear her passion is for the dairy industry. Through her experiences with New Centre Dairy, Molly has represented Somerset County and the state of New Jersey at state and national dairy events such as national dairy quiz bowl and national dairy judging contests. Molly will pursue Dairy Science at Delaware Valley University, where she hopes to gain knowledge in genetics to help small farmers.

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. Camille is currently a leader of the Horsin’ Around Club and Teen Horse Council. As a leader, Camille 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. Camille just graduated from RVCC and this fall, plans to attend Rutgers, where she will be majoring in Education.

Gallagher has been a Somerset County 4-H member for the past nine years. Throughout that time she has been a member of the PAWSabilities Dog Club, Woof Dog Club, Alpaca Club ad Senior Council. Within each of her clubs, Kate has demonstrated strong leadership skills and her passion of mentoring younger members. Her leadership experience ranges from executive positions such as president of the Alpaca Club and vice-president of Woof Dog Club. Often coinciding with her leadership, Kate has gone above-and-beyond to mentor younger members to make them feel comfortable with the dynamics of each respective club, but also to instill confidence in young 4-Hers about their contributions towards the program, as well as achievement of goals. Kate exudes her passion for the Somerset County 4-H program through various outlets. A youth member who has applied and participated in various county, state, and national conferences; Kate has demonstrated incredible involvement and commitment to see the program grow and improve. Kate will be pursuing degrees in cognitive science and advertising from Indiana University in the fall.

Pirro has been a member of Somerset County 4-H for 12 years. Throughout that time Julie has been a member of the Sidewinders Herpetology Club, Master Chefs Club, Tailfeathers Poultry Club, Crazy Frog Hoppers Club, Prep Chefs and Craft Clubs. One of Julie’s biggest contributions to our 4-H program was the spearheading of the 4-H Fair App Committee that planned, wrote and developed the 4-H Fair app that launched last year. Julie generously gives her time towards programs such as 4-H TOPS Camp, 4-H Prep Program and the leader of a North Jersey 4-H Teen Conference workshop. Julie will be attending New York University in the fall and majoring in Music Engineering.

Siniscalco has been a member of the Somerset County 4-H program for the past nine years. During those nine years he has been a member of the Trainmasters Club and World Wide Writers Ink Club. Throughout all his clubs, Anthony has actively taken on leadership and mentoring roles, such as president and treasurer. He takes pride in mentoring the younger members and participates in several work sessions throughout the year to assist the leaders and helping new members build the model trains. Anthony conceived, created, designed and maintains websites for both clubs. As a community service, he designed, built and installed a permanent model train display for Mediatech at the Flemington Public Library. Anthony will be attending Raritan Valley Community College in the fall.

Sona has been a member of the Somerset County 4-H program for the past 12 years. Bridget 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. Bridget has been a TOPS Camp Counselors for the past two years and uses her great leadership skills to identify and rectify issues. This fall Bridget plans to attend Mount Saint Mary’s University in Maryland, where she will study biology and hopes to enter the medical field someday.

Staffin has been a member of the Somerset County 4-H program for the past 11 years. Throughout that time she has been a member of the New Centre Dairy Club. Her leader cites her sharing nature, understanding for goal-setting and team-effort, and willingness to adjust her time to support club members' work. She has been able to instruct clearly and simply while fulfilling six club offices and several committee chairs, and serving as captain of many Dairy Quiz Bowl teams, state and national. She has attended Leadership Washington Focus and put her 4-H presentation skills to successes in several speech forums, including eight straight years as NJ State Holstein Public Speaking Champion. She promoted 4-H opportunities while serving as Somerset County and NJ State Dairy Princess. Ariel will be studying hospitality services and exploring a possible career in AgTourism at Cornell University.

Rothenburger has been a member of the Somerset County 4-H program for the past 12 years. During those years, Noah has been a member of the Senior Council, Sidewinders Herpetology Club, Clover Explores Club and Mad Scientists Prep Club. Throughout his time in 4-H, Noah has held many leadership roles and executive positions including vice president and peer mentor. In these roles he assisted the president in all aspects of their job and mentored younger 4-H members in how to be better animal handlers. He participates in as many activities including North Jersey Teen Conference and Citizenship Washington Focus where he not only participates, but leads activities and encourages others to participate with enthusiasm. One of Noah's greatest contributions to the 4-H program is his participation as a teen mentor in the "Clover Explorers" 4-H club where he mentors special needs 4-H members. Noah works hard to build an atmosphere of growth and understanding by building relationships with all 4-H members. He also volunteers his time to many 4-H events, such as TOPS Camp, Teen Winter Camp, Family Camp, 4-H Fair and Science-sational Day. Noah will be attending Virginia Tech in the fall.

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. Maddi’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, Madison 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. Madison ’s 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.

The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Cooperative Extension. For additional information, contact: somersetcounty4h@co.somerset.nj.us or www.4histops.org.

 

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