County of Monmouth

For Immediate Release:
February 10, 2020

Howell student attends 4-H Leadership Conference

FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth County 4-H member, Olivia Garcia, an 8th grader at Howell Middle School South, recently joined 4-H members representing eight New Jersey counties at the Discover the Leader in You! 4-H Conference in Atlantic County.

“Because of her remarkable achievements with the 4-H program, Oliva was given a wonderful opportunity to represent Monmouth County at the 4-H Leadership Conference,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the Monmouth County 4-H. “Although every young person has leadership potential, the skills necessary to be a leader do not necessarily develop in the natural course of life and this leadership conference helps the youth grow into these essential roles.”

The Discover the Leader in You! 4-H Leadership Conference provided an opportunity for middle school age youth to learn about and develop leadership knowledge and skills through large and small group interactive workshops as well as hands-on activities. In addition, conference participants met 4-H members from across New Jersey and gained valuable life skills including understanding the self, communicating, team work and decision making.

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 (one year out of high school), 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 ext. 7264 or visit the 4-H website at

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