NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Seven teenagers represented the Monmouth County 4-H Association and received state recognition for their accomplishments in the 2013 State 4-H Public Presentations Program at Rutgers University’s Douglas Campus last month.

The Rutgers 4-H Youth Development Program hosted 175 4-H’ers from 18 counties. All of the participating teens gave oral presentations on specific topics. 

To qualify for the state 4-H event, each of the teens received an excellent rating at their County 4-H Public Presentation Contest earlier this spring.

The event provides an opportunity for 4-H members to compete with their public presentations on the state level with 4-H members from around New Jersey.  The presentations were judged by teams of 4-H volunteers, staff, alumni, and educators, as audience members watched.  Each participant received an excellent, very good or good ribbon and the top presentation in each room received an Outstanding Room Award.

The following Monmouth County 4-H members gave presentations and received state recognition for their accomplishments:

Gautam Boggavarapu, Marlboro   Topic: Sharks      Award: Very Good

Jeevan Boggavarapu, Marlboro   Topic: Legless Lizards      Award: Very Good

Jillian Haliskoe, Middletown    Topic:  Going Green in a Barn    Award: Very Good

Linette Reeman, Lincroft       Topic: The Battle Royale      Award:  Excellent

Ryan Singh, Colts Neck      Topic:  Effects of Environmental Temperature on Exercise Physiology  Award: Excellent

Kylie Taylor, Jackson         Topic:  Cucumber Salad   Team Award: Good

Erica Todd, Jackson         Topic:  Cucumber Salad    Team Award: Good

Joshua Todd, Jackson       Topic:  How to Train Your Pokemon     Award: Very Good


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 regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, marital status, domestic partnership status, military service, veteran status, and any other category protected by law.


For more information about the Monmouth County 4-H Program call the 4-H Office at

732-431-7260 x7264 or visit the 4-H website at