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Jiakun Huang is a sophomore at Princeton High School who plays saxophone in the Princeton Studio Band. He also attends the Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens program at NJPAC on Saturdays and plays in the James Moody Jazz Orchestra there. In 2019 as well as 2020, he auditioned and played alto sax in the NJAJE Region Jazz Senior Ensemble. He joined the non-profit organization Where Music Carries Us in summer of 2019, an organization based in New Jersey dedicated to spreading music and serving the community. He enjoys playing the saxophone as well as the piano, and has been playing the saxophone since third grade and the piano since kindergarten. Some of his favorite saxophonists include Kenny Garrett, Gary Bartz, and John Coltrane. He plays and listens to music of many different genres, including jazz, funk, rock, bluegrass, and more. In his free time, he loves to read as well as playing and making music at home.

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.