Christopher Shen

Christopher Shen is a junior attending Princeton High School in Princeton, New Jersey. He is an active part and leader of his school’s Speech &

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Matthew Miller

Matt Miller is a senior at Seneca High School in Tabernacle, NJ. He began studying music with piano lessons in the 2nd grade, then alto

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Sharon White

I  was lucky enough to attend Los Angeles City Schools at a time when the district offered many opportunities for involvement in the arts.  My

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Bryce Gray

Bryce Gray is proud to be in his third year participating in the New Brunswick (NJ) Chapter of the NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological & Scientific

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Diane Genco

Diane Genco, is the founder and Executive Director of NJSACC, the Statewide Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities. NJSACC promotes and supports the development, continuity,

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Nadira Benjamin

My name is Nadira Benjamin. I am a 15 year old junior currently attending South Brunswick High School. My interests are writing and music. I

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Josh Robinson

Josh Robinson is a professional Percussionist, teaching artist, and drum facilitator. His website reads “Nourishing Inner Peace Through Hitting Things” which speaks to  how drumming

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Rachel Lischin

Rachel Lischin is a senior at Mainland Regional High School, and is ecstatic to have received a superior ranking at the New Jersey Thespian Festival

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TAHIRA

TAHIRA, an award-winning storyteller, performing and teaching artist, is dedicated to inspiring and empowering youth through storytelling and music. She is nationally-recognized for her multiple

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Samantha Cunniff

Samantha is a senior at Cedar Grove High School. She has been taking art classes all four years, is a member of the Art Crew

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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.