Catherine Park

New Jersey Council of Teachers of English – 1st Place Poetry

My name is Catherine Park, and I’m a junior in the Academy for Business and Finance at the Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, NJ. At school, I am a member of the French National Honor Society as well as an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma candidate. I am also president of my high school Key Club and co-president of the Model UN club, as well as managing editor of my high school newspaper. Last year, I was named a National Gold Medalist in Poetry in the Scholastic Art and Writing competition, as well as the recipient of the Silver Medal in Poetry in last year’s NJCTE 2019 writing contest in my sophomore year. Besides writing, I have a passion for advocacy and a strong interest in various social and cultural issues of the 21st century. In my free time, I enjoy reading everything from news articles to YA novels, listening to music, and watching Netflix documentaries.



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.