Benjamin Nuland - Benjamin Nuland-e9f5d412

Benjamin Nuland (Jamin) is a sophomore at Princeton High School. He was born and raised in Shanghai China where he lived until he was 13. During his time at Shanghai YKPao School, Shanghai American School, and Song Qing Ling Kindergarten he joined multiple school plays including the Reluctant Dragon, Daisy Pulls it off and Alice in Wonderland. He also performed in many school ensembles and choirs. After leaving China, Jamin and his family took a year off to travel the world, using that time as an educational opportunity to learn from a diversity of cultures and prepare for a new life in the US. Jamin arrived in Princeton and entered Princeton High School as a freshman 1.5 years ago. He loves soccer and plays for school and club teams. He’s a fan of history and science but he loves drama the most, he loves socializing and learning new acting skills from his teachers and his peers. With their support, Jamin slowly gained confidence to participate in this year’s STANJ competition. He would like to thank his drama teachers Ms. Krawiecki, Mr Holland, Ms. Sid, and Ms. Maureen for guiding him, teaching him, and supporting him. He would also like to thank his classmates in Drama I & II and the drama kids at Shanghai American School and YKPao. Finally, Jamin would like to thank his family and friends for being with him every step of the way and cheering for him from the wings.

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.