Brianna Roberts


Brianna Roberts is an 18-year-old senior at Ewing High School in Ewing, New Jersey. She is the founder and president of Ewing High School’s first Black Student Alliance and is involved in the International Thespian Society and represents New Jersey as a Student Thespian Officer. She has been recognized nationally as a winner of the International Thespian Society Thespy’s for Musical Theatre Solo. Brianna to further her education in Musical theatre and will be studying it in college with a double major in marketing. She is also a pianist and enjoys writing music, poems, going to church, and giving back to her community. Roberts is currently in the process of finalizing a non-profit organization to help women access free sanitary napkins. She a first generation Jamaican-American and her parents have shown her through example the importance of hard work when striving to achieve excellence. With them as her role models, she is proud to represent the Trenton, New Jersey NAACP ACT-SO Branch. She placed Gold in the 2018 and 2019 Local Competiton in Music Vocal Contemporary and Classical and received an honorable mention in poetry performance and competed at the National Competition in San Antonio, Tx in July 2018 and Detroit, Michigan in 2019. She is excited to compete for her last year and is excited about all of the opportunities to come.

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.