In middle school, I attended KIPP Lanning Square Middle in Camden, New Jersey where I was invited to a prestigious summer program- KIPP Step at Deerfield Boarding School in Deerfield Massachusetts -because of my grades and character. I had a 4.3 GPA throughout middle school. At the end of my 8th-grade year at KIPP, I was offered a $120,000 scholarship to attend Moorestown Friends high school on a full ride. For my junior year, I will be taking AP Physics I, Honors Precalculus, and Honors Spanish III. In school, I play varsity basketball, attend MLK club where we discuss issues regarding race, am a part of my school’s Black Student Union, use the woodshop to build furniture, and give tours for new students. Outside of school, I participate in Camden County ACT-SO. This year, I did Poetry-Written, Poetry-Spoken, and Short story. I also participate in an AKA sponsored cotillion. In my free time, I love writing raps, playing basketball, and recording and editing youtube videos. I am passionate about music because of its beauty. Music has so many hidden layers that most don’t see, I found a true passion for basketball and love to constantly improve at it, and I have a YouTube channel, “Just Drew,” where I post gaming videos and music. I have to edit my videos to make them entertaining, and use photoshop to give the video a nice thumbnail

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.