javierMartinez_headshotJavier Martinez

STANJ — Senior Scholarship

My name is Javier Martinez in the graduating class of 2020. I come from Clifton, New Jersey but attend Passaic County Technical Institute for Theatre Arts. In high school I was awarded The Governor’s Award, became a member of the honorary Thespian Society, and nominated Homecoming Count. Throughout high school I was never one to be bright in academics, but was always at the top of my theatre class for four years straight, became Treasure of Thespian Society, President of the Performing Arts Club, a member of the GSA Committee, a member of the Dance Club, was cast in the school’s musical for three years, and worked on community theater. Not only was I strongly interested in acting, but worked as stage crew, makeup artist, painter, and sound and lighting technician. After receiving my diploma, I will gladly attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles to continue to perfect my craft and pursue my career in acting.

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.