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Alexandra (Alex) Jerdee is a senior at Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood, NJ. She is a National Merit Scholarship winner and a National AP Scholar. At her high school, Alex co-founded the Model UN team and has co-run it ever since. She is the President of the Finance Club at RHS, where she led the Fed Challenge team in writing a paper on U.S. Housing Inequality. As a captain of the Homework Helpers club, Alex volunteers to tutor local middle schoolers after school. She has been on the Debate team for four years and won the Parli NJSDL State Championship with her partner, receiving a Vincent Borelli Scholarship. Alex is also involved with the Applied Engineering Club and has run Cross Country for all four years of high school. She attends the Columbia Science Honors Program on the weekends. In her free time, she likes to garden and bake. Although her interests are diverse, she plans to pursue biomedical science as a career. Alex will be joining the Class of 2025 at Princeton in the fall.

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.