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Posted Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

Morris County 4-H’ers recently participated in the first ever Virtual NJ 4-H State Fair, garnering high marks for their skills in arts, crafts, horticulture, animals and 4-H spirit categories.

Morris County 4-H'ers Recieve High Honors at Virtual State FairAwards went to residents from 13 Morris County towns: Boonton, Chester, Denville, Landing, Ledgewood, Long Valley, Madison, Mendham, Mine Hill,  Morristown, Mount Olive, Randolph and Wharton.

Representing Morris County were 37 youth who submitted 138 entries. Overall, more than 1,500 entries were submitted by 4-H members across the state.

4-H Clubs are getting underway for the school year with many clubs meeting virtually. 4-H club members range from Kindergarten through one year out of high school. For more information on these free clubs for youngsters, visit https://morris.njaes.rutgers.edu/4h/. Events are located here: https://morris.njaes.rutgers.edu/4h/events.html

Photography

Landscape and Nature

  • Grades 4-8 (70 entries)
    • Best in Show: Sophia Kissling of Chester, Buckanears 4-H Small Animal Club
    • Excellent
      • Claire Behnke of Randolph, Be the Change 4-H Club
      • Myra Gupta of Wharton, World Exploration 4-H Club
      • Stratton Jelley of Randolph, Shutterbugs 4-H Photography Club
      • Holt Englander of Morristown, Shutterbugs 4-H Photography Club
  • Grades 9-13 (79 entries)
    • Excellent
      • Sean McConoughey of Califon, Morris Marksmen 4-H Club
      • Danielle Doherty of Mine Hill, Buckanears 4-H Small Animal Club
      • David Longendyck of Denville, Morris Marksmen 4-H Club
      • Karsten Englander of Morristown, Shutterbug 4-H Photography Club
      • Jillian Pasquino of Randolph, Be the Change 4-H Club
      • Heather Doherty of Mine Hill, Buckanears 4-H Small Animal Club

Motion-Action (64 entries total)

  • Grades 4-8/Excellent
    • Myra Gupta of Wharton, World Exploration 4-H Club
    • Stratton Jelley of Randolph, Shutterbugs 4-H Photography Club
    • Holt Englander of Morristown, Shutterbugs 4-H Photography Club
    • Samantha Jelley of Randolph, Shutterbugs 4-H Photography Club
  • Grades 9-13/Excellent
    • Mahi Gupta of Wharton, World Exploration 4-H Club
    • David Longendyck of Denville, Morris Marksmen 4-H Club
    • Karsten Englander of Morristown, Shutterbug 4-H Photography Club
    • Jillian Pasquino of Randolph, Be the Change 4-H Club
    • Heather Doherty of Mine Hill, Buckanears 4-H Small Animal Club

Still Life (91 entries)

  • Grades 4-8/Excellent: Holt Englander of Morristown, Shutterbugs 4-H Photography Club
  • Grades 9-13/ Excellent: Karsten Englander of Morristown, Shutterbugs 4-H Photography Club

Domestic Animals (124 entries total)

  • Grades 4-8/Excellent
    • Claire Behnke of Randolph, Be the Change 4-H Club
    • Mya McConoughey of Califon, Morris Marksmen 4-H Club
    • Myra Gupta of Wharton, World Exploration 4-H Club
    • Maria Alfano of Budd Lake, Radical Racers 4-H Club
    • Karcsi George Piedl of Morristown, Shutterbugs 4-H Club
    • Holt Englander of Morristown, Shutterbugs 4-H Club
    • Samantha Jelley of Randolph, Shutterbugs 4-H Photography Club
  • Grades 9-13/Excellent
    • Mahi Gupta of Wharton, World Exploration 4-H Club
    • Sean McConoughey of Califon, Morris Marksmen 4-H Club
    • Karsten Englander of Morristown, Shutterbugs 4-H Photography Club
    • Jillian Pasquino of Randolph, Be the Change 4-H Club
    • Johanna Pipoli of Landing, Teen Council 4-H Club
    • Ava Rivera of Wharton, Buckanears 4-H Small Animal Club

“We’re All in This Together” (31 entries describing life during the pandemic)

  • Grades 4-8/Excellent
    • Holt Englander of Morristown, Shutterbugs 4-H Photography Club
  • Grades 9-13/Excellent
    • David Longendyck of Denville, Morris Marksmen 4-H Club
    • Karsten Englander of Morristown, Shutterbugs 4-H Photography Club
    • Jillian Pasquino of Randolph, Be the Change 4-H Club

Creative Writing

  • Grades 4-8/Excellent: Myra Gupta of Wharton, World Exploration 4-H Club

Music

  • Original Song, Grades 9-13/Excellent: Heather Doherty of Mine Hill, Buckanears 4-H Small Animal Club

Theater

  • Monologue, Grades 9-13/Excellent: Danielle Doherty of Mine Hill, Buckanears 4-H Small Animal Club

Paper Crafts & Trendy Crafts

  • Grades 4-8/Excellent
    • Sophia Kissling of Chester, Buckanears 4-H Club
    • Claire Behnke of Randolph, Be the Change 4-H Club

Fine Arts

Computer Art (26 entries)

  • Grades 4-8
    • Best In Show: Stratton Jelley of Randolph, Shutterbugs 4-H Photography Club
    • Excellent: Vicki Velez of Boonton, Mad STEM Scientists 4-H Club
  • Grades 9-13/Excellent
    • Sean McConoughey of Califon, Morris Marksmen 4-H Club
    • Amelia Alfano of Budd Lake, Feathered Friends 4-H Club

2-D Art (124 entries)

  • Grades 4-8/Excellent: Joshua Mitter of Wharton, Buckanears 4-H Small Animal Club
  • Grades 9-13/Excellent
    • Rachel Nollkamper of Madison, Buckanears 4-H Small Animal Club
    • Ava Rivera of Wharton, Buckanears 4-H Small Animal Club

3-D Art (57 entries)

  • Grades 9-13/Excellent: Kristin Osika of Mendham, Teen Council 4-H Club

Foods

  • Grades 6-8/Excellent: Jacqueline Fritsch of Long Valley, Puppy Tails 4-H Seeing Eye Club

4-H Spirit

  • Community Service – Individual, Grades 9-13/Best in Show: Kristin Osika of Mendham, Teen Council 4-H Club
  • Record Book, Grades 4-6, Best in Show: Sophia Kissling of Chester, Buckanears Small Animal Club
  • 4-H Club Exhibit, Grades 9-13/Best in Show: David Longendyck of Denville, Morris Marksmen 4-H Club

Clothing and Textiles

  • Any Other Sewn Project, Grades 9-13/Excellent: Sophia Kissling of Chester, Buckanears Small Animal Club

Animal Costume

  • K-3/Participation: Gwen Wacha-Diaz of Long Valley, Dogs R Us Club
  • Grades 4-8/Excellent
    • Sophia Kissling of Chester, Buckanears 4-H Small Animal Club
    • Danielle McGrath of Denville, Dogs ‘R’ Us 4-H Club
  • Grades 9-13/Excellent: Danielle Doherty of Mine Hill, Buckanears 4-H Small Animal Club

Dog

  • Obedience, Best in Show: Danielle McGrath of Denville, Dogs ‘R’ Us 4-H Club
  • Seeing Eye Training Showcase, Best in Show: Kevin Armstrong of Madison, 4-Footed Leaders 4-H Seeing Eye Club
  • Trick Dog/Excellent
    • Johanna Pipoli of Landing, Dogs ‘R’ Us 4-H Club
    • Liv Armstrong of Long Valley, Dogs ‘R’ Us 4-H Club

Garden Crops 

  • Vegetables, Grades 4-8/Excellent: Maria Alfano of Budd Lake, Seedlings Club

Herpetology Showmanship

  • Grades 9-13/Reserve Best in Show:
    • Johanna Pipoli, of Ledgewood, Buckanears 4-H Small Animal Club
    • Heather Doherty of Mine Hill, Buckanears 4-H Small Animal Club

Poultry Showmanship 

  • Grades 9-13/Very Good: Charlize Sinko of Long Valley, Furry Friends club

Rabbit Breeds

  • Rabbit Breeds ID, Cloverbud Participation: Gwen Wacha-Diaz of Long Valley, Buckanears 4-H Small Animal Club
  • Rabbit Showmanship, Grades: 9-13/Excellent: Johanna Pipoli of Ledgewood, Buckanears 4-H Small Animal Club

Cavy Small Animal Breeds

  • Cavy Breed ID, Grades: 4-8/Best in Show: Sophia Kissling of Chester, Buckanears 4-H Small Animal Club