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Hello! My name is Brianna (Bri) Dunn. I am a senior at High Point Regional High School in Sussex County. I have painted for most of my life and have recently been learning the crafts of sculpture and photography. Some of my artistic achievements include participation in the Smithsonian-affiliated Morris Museum’s Fresh Perspectives Exhibit, selection for the Savannah College of Art and Design Rising Star Summer Program, Artist of Promise Scholarship for Hartford Art School, NJ Potter’s Guild Scholarship for Peter’s Valley School of Craft, and NJ Huber-Weyer Scholarship for Youth through Peter’s Valley School of Craft. I was also named Fine Art Student of the Marking Period in my school in 11th grade. I am the Senior Illustrator for High Point Regional’s literary arts magazine and an officer in the National Art Honor Society. I was also a member of my school’s musical ensemble for three years and I am currently an “Antler” of Elks Lodge 2288. After high school, I plan to double major in fine arts and anthropology in order to work in the field of archaeology as a career. My interests include hiking, watching old films, traveling, and spending time with my dogs.

Hello, I would like to thank you for selecting me for the 2022 AENJ High School Scholarship Award. I feel confident that this gift will enable me to further my education as an artist. I could not be more grateful to represent the state of New Jersey and its thriving arts culture. I am truly appreciative of your consideration and generosity. I feel thankful to receive this scholarship and I know it will help to push my artistic career forward.


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Congratulations! What an honor!

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.