My name is Isabella Beluchi Ibe. I was born in Hollywood, FL, raised in North Brunswick, NJ and now reside in Burlington, NJ. My parents are immigrants from the country of Nigeria and they came to America in the 1990s. I have three siblings and I am the youngest out of us. I’m currently a senior at Burlington Township High School. In school, my favorite subjects are English, art, and psychology; these are the classes that interest me the most and where I’m able to be unapologetically myself. As for hobbies, I indulge in recreational and academic writing and I paint. For sports, I’ve been a varsity shot put and discus thrower on my school’s track team for four years and I participated on the girls’ tennis team this fall as a junior varsity player. Each year, I volunteer to be a stage crew member for my school’s fall play, also building props and platforms for the actors. I’ve worked several jobs; cashier at Marshalls, packager at food drive, cook at Burger King, and a Lifeguard. In these jobs, my greatest personal strength was being able to adapt quickly when prompted with new, sudden, and/or difficult situations. After highschool, I am going to be attending the University of Miami, with a major in Motion Pictures-Screenwriting track. I aspire to become a part of the entertainment industry as a notable film writer, actress, and poet. Art has played a major role in my upbringing and will continue to for the rest of my life.


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.