JamilahHyman_headshotJamilah Hyman

Visual Arts – Photography

My name is Jamilah Hyman. I am an 18-year-old Senior currently attending Bordentown Regional High School in Bordentown, NJ. I am actively involved in the following programs: the National Honor Society, New Brunswick Area Branch ACT-SO NJ Program, and Rutgers (New Brunswick) Upward Bound Program. Over the course of my four years in high school, I have grown not only as a student, but as a young woman preparing to take an active role to make our world better. My participation in these programs, as well as a variety of team sports, have shaped my character, my drive, and my commitment. The mentors I’ve had along with the principles of each program, have made me into the young woman I am today. I am focused, driven, respectful, hard working, and devoted to becoming the best that I can be. I have learned no matter what experiences or challenges I am faced with, I will always strive for and achieve greatness.

I’ll be majoring in Communications with a minor in Africana Studies. I plan on going into the field of broadcasting, whether it’s radio or television. I want to be someone that gives minority communities a voice. I want to get the word out about all the different opportunities that are available for students of color or that comes from different ethnic backgrounds. I want to share how getting into programs like NAACP ACT-SO, Upward Bound, MLK Ambassadors, and so many more programs that give recognition and opportunity for students to get involved, take advantage of, and reap the benefits. I want society to really see how people of color are more than just a number or a percentage, but important contributors to the good of the world and all humankind.

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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.