Year Nominations Type Name of Awardee Award Title Discipline Title Nominating Organization School City County Art Teacher Address
2020 Student Nadia Jewel Vito Dramatic Pairs Theatre STANJ Pinelands Regional High School Little Egg Harbor Township Ocean Bart Difrancia N/A
2020 Student Bianca Agnes Costume Design Theatre NJ Thespians Gloucester County Institute of Technology Sewell Gloucester Kirstin Lynch-Walsh 620 River Drive, , Westville, NJ, 08093, US
2020 Student Jillian Hauer High School Scholarship  Award Fine Arts Art Educators of New Jersey Steinert High School Hamilton Mercer Rebecca Singleton 2968 Quakerbridge Road, , Hamilton, New Jersey, 08619, US
2020 Student Quinn Cappiello Student Award for Artistic Excellence and Leadership in Dance Dance Dance New Jersey Ridge High School  Basking Ridge Somerset Rachel Miranda 268 South Finley Avenue, , Basking Ridge, NJ, 07920, US
2020 Student Cole Vitelli Best Actor Theatre STANJ Hunterdon Central Regional High School Ringoe Hunterdon N/A
2020 Student Kelvin Zheng All-State Orchestra Music New Jersey Music Educators Association East Brunswick High School East Brunswick Middlesex Dr. Arvin Gopal 380 Cranbury Road, , East Brunswick, NJ, 08816, US
2020 Student Alejandro Vargas Student Award for Artistic Excellence and Leadership in Dance Dance Dance New Jersey Union County Academy for Performing Arts Rahway Union Kathleen Gavin 1776 Raritan Road, , Scotch Plains, NJ, 07076, US
2020 Student Ian Hurrel All-State Jazz Ensemble Music New Jersey Music Educators Association Livingston High School Livingston Essex James Hegedus 30 Robert Harp Drive, , Livingston, NJ, 07039, US
2020 Student Nasir Baker Excellence in Hip Hop Hip Hop -Emcee'in New Jersey Performing Arts Center  North Star Academy - Lincoln Park High School Newark Essex Purple S. Norris  50 Rector St Apt 607, , Newark, NJ, 07102, US
2020 Student Jocelyn Jeffries Film Theatre NJ Thespians n/a Wrightstown Northern Burlington County Regional High School 160 Mansfield Road East, , Columbus, NJ, 08022, US
2020 Student Ruth Donagher Lighting Design Theatre NJ Thespians West Orange High School West Orange Essex Wendy Mapes West Orange High School, 51 Conforti Ave, West Orange, NJ, 07052, US
2020 Leader Colleen Foy on behalf of M&T Bank Corporate Philanthropy Award Leader Young Audiences Arts for Learning NJ & Eastern PA n/a Princeton New Jersey N/A
2020 Student Kimberly Val  Musical Group Theatre NJ Thespians Cicely Tyson School of Performing Arts  Manville Essex 35 Winans Street, , East Orange, NJ, 07017, US
2020 Student Allison Cordero Art Achievement Award Visual Art Art Administrators of New Jersey Randolph High School Randolph Morris Mercedes Ingenito 511 Millbrook Avenue, , Randolph, NJ, 07869, US
2020 Student Isabella Verma Student Award for Artistic Excellence and Leadership in Dance Dance Dance New Jersey Paramus High School Paramus Bergen Claudine Ranieri 99 E. Century Road, , Paramus, NJ, 07652, US
2020 Student Nicholas DeMartino Scenic Design Theatre NJ Thespians 520 Nugentown Road,, Little Egg Harbor, NJ, 08087, US Little Egg Harbor Pinelands Regional High School 520 Nugentown Road, , Little Egg harbor, NJ, 08087, US
2020 Leader Bradley Beach Elementary School - accepted by Sarah Poppe Seeley AE Residency Champion Award Arts Education  Young Audiences Arts for Learning NJ & Eastern, PA n/a Bradley Beach Monmouth N/A
2020 Student Joe Nalieth Improvisational Pairs Theatre STANJ West Orange High School West Orange Essex Wendy Maples 51 Confarti Ave, , West Orange, NJ, 07052, US
2020 Student Sadie Coords High School Scholarship Award Visual Arts Art Educator of New Jersey Hillsboro High School Hillsboro Somerset Lynn Mound 249 Mountain Way, , Lyndhurst, New Jersey, 07071, US
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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.