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Gia Scozzaro is a senior at Bordentown Regional High School proud to be representing Troupe #6803. She is honored to be receiving the distinguished Arts Advocate Award from ArtPride NJ. She is the NJ Thespian State Thespian Officer Chair, after serving as the Vice-Chair last year. She is an active member in her theatre community, Gia partakes in both acting and stage crew, and is excited to serve as a 2020-2021 STO. Some of her favorite shows she has participated in are 9-5 and Cinderella. When not running around helping out with props or tech, Gia loves to roller skate and jam out to music, especially if she can sing as loud as she wants. Gia has been an advocacy champion for the past two years, attending 30 meetings last year for all the meetings this year for the Virtual National Arts Action Summit.


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.