Arianna is a senior at Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees, NJ, where she plays flute in the wind ensemble, jazz ensemble and pit orchestra, and leads her marching band as drum major. She has studied with Renae Block of the Evesham Flute Studio since 2014, and recently began studies with Inna Leoni. Throughout high school, Arianna has performed in many conference, region, and All State ensembles, frequently earning principal flute. As a junior, she won High Drum Major at the Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championships and was selected to conduct the organization’s All Star Marching Band. In addition to music, Arianna also has a passion for computer science, recently co-authoring a research paper on generative music at the NJ Governor’s School of Engineering and Technology. Arianna would like to thank NJMEA for the wonderful musical experiences they have provided, and the friendships, memories, and inspiration that she has gained through participating in these ensembles.

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.