Carmen Matarazzo Headshot - Chuck Miller-12dde2af

Carmen Matarazzo is a Junior at Pinelands Regional High School. He would like to thank Mr. Miller and Mr. DiFrancia for their guidance and support through his experience and Jon Levy for being an outstanding partner and his consistent encouragement and advice which helped him greatly through their process. At his school, Carmen is in Jazz band, performs occasionally with pit orchestra and is a proud thespian. Some of his favorite past credits include: Chad (Almost Maine), Benny Southstreet (Guys and Dolls), Eddie (13 the musical), Charlie Malloy (On the Waterfront), Walter Hobbs (Elf), and Robertson Ay (Marry Poppins) He also played drums in a band with three of his friends and two siblings at famous venues which include: The Stone Pony (Asbury, NJ), The Troubadour (Los Angelos, CA) Gas Monkey Live (Dallas, TX), The Shelter (Detroit, MI), and is still practicing every day. This is Carmen’s first year competing at STANJ and he couldn’t be more thrilled to achieve his governors after his brother and sister who have also truly helped him through his process.

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.