On Feb. 21, the New Jersey Association of 4-H Agents announced the winners of its “Program of Excellence” awards for the year at its annual meeting at Mastoris Diner in Bordentown, NJ. The association is the professional organization for 4-H faculty and staff in New Jersey who provide leadership on state and national levels related to the 4-H youth development program.
Among the outstanding program and personnel honored were:
NEW JERSEY SET CAMP: Jim Tavares (Camp Director, Sussex County), Janice McDonnell (State SET Agent), Tamara Pellien (Ocean County), Dave Foord (Sussex County), Kate Everett (Monmouth County), and Margarita Bossa Bastiva (AmeriCorps VISTA, SET).
“Get Electric with 4-H” 2012 South Jersey 4-H Teen Conference: Sharon Gore (Mercer County), Debi Cole (Atlantic County), Annette Devitt (Salem County), Kendrin Dyitt (Atlantic County), Kate Everett (Monmouth County), Linda Horner (Cape May), Sharon Kinsey (Camden County), Gloria Kraft (Burlington County), Tamara Pellien (Ocean County), Jeannette Rea Keywood (Cumberland County), Linda Strieter (Gloucester County), Tammy Suydam (Gloucester County) and youth members: Jasmine Godbolt, Aleyah Nelson, Melissa Bellace, Corine Bitner, Lorna Brown, Tabitha Camp, Allison Denelsbeck, Anniese Field, Jessica Flynn, Jess Funk, Beth Gray, Heather Koering, Clair McKittrick, Sarah Schweck, Alexis Sleeth, Rebecca Thompson, Keeley titus, Carole, Trace, and Jared Weygand.
4-H Teens Teaching Youth Agricultural Biotechnology 2011-2012: Chad Ripberger (Mercer County).
Montclair Community Farms: Rebecca Kalenak, Emmanuela Mujica, and Marissa Blodnick (Essex County).
New Brunswick 4-H Teen Council/Environmental Team: Laura Bovitz, Shane Pierre, Roy Hernandez, Laura Eppinger, and Abigail Kesely.
Union County 4-H Master Tree Steward Program: Ellen DiIorio, Karen Kotvas, Mary Lou Mayfield, and Jim Nichnadowicz.
National Partnerships for After School Science in NJ 2009-2012: Chad Ripberger (Mercer County), Debi Cole (Atlantic County), Jim Nichnadowicz (Union County), Jeannette Rea Keywood (Cumberland County), Altaira Bejgrowicz and Trish Verbeyst (Mercer County).
Growing with Water: Hydroponics in the Classroom: Tamara Pellien (Ocean County 4-H).
4-H Kitchen Chemistry: Navonne Owen (Atlantic County 4-H).
Lincoln Leaders: Rebecca Kalenak and Marissa Blodnick (Essex County 4-H).
Ocean County 4-H Cooking and Science Camp: Tamara Pellien, MaryAnn Dreikorn, Kelly Jurgensen, and Eileen Redden.