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Isabella Harelick is a Junior at Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood, New Jersey. At school, she is president of the Latin Honor Society, as well as co-president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. She is also a student representative to the Home and School Association, and a captain of her school’s debate team. Last year, she achieved the rank of Excellence in the National Speech and Debate Association Honor Society, and recently has become a Vincent Borelli Scholarship recipient. Besides debate, she has a passion for giving back to her community, and received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for designing a comprehensive curriculum for the Children’s Butterfly and Sensory Garden at the Stable in Ridgewood, New Jersey. She has also been volunteering at her local hospital for the past two years, and is the president of the Civic Youth Corporation, as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the Conservancy for Ridgewood Public Lands. In her free time, Isabella enjoys drawing, as well as playing the violin, and as an ASTA Certified strings teacher, she is a private teacher to young violinists.

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.