Gianna is currently in her junior year of high school and this is her first time receiving a Governor’s Award.

She has been acting for 8 years and has participated in over 10 shows during that time. She has played

Pepper in , Sharpay Evans in ., Banzai in , Veruca Salt in , Calvin in , Miss Gulch/The Wicked Witch of the

West in ., Stagehand Ensemble in , Pirate Ensemble in and most recently Schultz and Commercial Girl in.

Gianna was also in the MPAC 2019 Summer Musical Theater Conservatory. She is also a two time

member of NJ Regional Junior Honor Choir and a one time member of the NJSMA Northern Regional

Honor Choir. Gianna is currently a member of her school’s drama class and has previously competed in


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.