Abigail Schwartz

Abigail is 16 years old and a Junior at Ramsey High School. She has been active in the arts from a young age, taking every

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Alexander Gallegos

Performing is a passion for Alex. He has had multiple supporting roles in various stage plays, musicals, and has been participating in speech and debate

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Alisha Edwards

Music has always been a part of Alisha Edwards life, her mother would sing to her and have dancing parties from the day she could

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Amanda Magee

Amanda Magee, residing in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, is a Junior attending the Academy for Performing Arts. She is a dedicated dancer currently training at

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Amarilis Mancelli

Amarilis Mancelli is a freshman at Morristown High School. She spends a lot of her free-time writing poetry and journaling! Her favorite class is creative writing and she’s

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Amron Salgado

Amron Salgado is a junior at GCIT in the Drama program. He will be spending the summer in New York City attending NYU’s New Theatre

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Anna Johns

HI! I am Anna Johns. I am currently a student at Cumberland Regional High School. I started participating in shows at the age of 8 at

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Aubrey Colbert

Aubrey Colbert is a senior at the EHT High School. She has a passion for all aspects of theater including performing, makeup, and costume design.

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Azyah Fair

Hello, my name is Azyah Fair. I am in the class of 2025 currently attending Newark School of Global Studies in Newark, New Jersey. I

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Bailey Croft

Bailey Ann Croft is a senior at Cranford High School and is absolutely delighted to be a recipient of the Governor’s Award. Bailey is a

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Brian Migliaccio

Brian Migliaccio is a junior at Phillipsburg High School.  He is the president of the Chess Club, Vice President of his Debate Team, and is

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Brianna De Witt

Brianna DeWitt is an arts educator at West Deptford High School, in South Jersey. She holds a BA in Education as well as Visual Arts,

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Brianna Dunn

Hello! My name is Brianna (Bri) Dunn. I am a senior at High Point Regional High School in Sussex County. I have painted for most

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Bryan Liu

Bryan has been an active member on Ridge Forensics for four years. He’s competed in events like Duo Interpretation and Original Oratory, but his favorite

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Caelen Mahoney

Caelen Mahoney is a Senior at Saddle Brook High School. She is the Student Director of Choirs at SBHS in addition to the Drum Major

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Caleb Demmerle

Caleb Demmerle is the 2022 recipient of the Governor’s Award in the arts for Improvisational Pairs with his partner Carmen Matarazzo through STANJ (Speech and

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Carmen Matarazzo

Carmen Matarazzo is a three time Governor’s Award winner at the annual STANJ Governor’s Awards in Arts Theatre Competition. In addition to last year’s Comedic

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The Governor’s Awards in Arts Education began in 1980 to promote awareness and appreciation of the arts, recognizing the creativity, talent and leadership of the award winners. Each year, awards are presented to approximately 20 educators and 80 students. National and statewide organizations select the students for their exemplary work in creative writing, speech, dance, music, theatre and visual arts and the leaders for their exceptional commitment and contribution to arts education. The program also recognizes arts educators and arts education advocates, whose leadership has helped nurture the development of students in the arts across the state.

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The Governor’s Awards event is a partnership of the Arts Ed NJ, the Department of Education, Art Pride New Jersey Foundation, the Department of State and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Additional support is provided by: the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics; Art Educators of New Jersey; Art Administrators of New Jersey; Dance New Jersey; New Jersey Council of Teachers of English; New Jersey Speech and Debate League; New Jersey Music Educators Association; New Jersey Performing Arts Center; Writer's Theatre of New Jersey; Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey; New Jersey Thespians and Young Audiences of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. The cooperating organizations, award sponsors and individual members of the planning council dedicate their time to make sure that excellence in the arts is rewarded, and work tirelessly throughout the year to plan this special event. The Governor's Awards in Arts Education ceremony are a major collaborative effort of the arts, education and state government.