Courtney is a senior at Hightstown High School and is the president of the HHS Drama Club. She is in her second years as serving as New Jersey State Thespian Officer representing Thespian Troupe 3991. Some of her past shows include The Theory of Relativity (Julie), She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms (Kaliope), Into the Woods (Little Red Ridinghood), and Arsenic and Old Lace (Martha). Other than being onstage, Courtney is involved with the Red Cross Club and is on the girls’ golf team. Some of her interests include spending time with her dog Lyla and watching Survivor. A fun fact about Courtney is that she is oddly good at the water shooting games at carnivals. Courtney attended multiple meetings both this year and last year for the Virtual National Arts Action Summit & the Educational Theatre Association Arts Advocacy Day.


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.