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Jocelyn Tan is a part of the class of 2023 at Ridge High School in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. This year, she was awarded State Champion at the NJSDL State Championship for varsity Program Oral Interpretation, as well as finalling in several nationally-leveled tournaments in both Declamation and Oral Interpretation events.  At her school, she leads the Do Something Club Ridge chapter as co-founder and co-president, advocating for social justice, and a club officer of Ridge Kids for Peace. As a proud member of the Ridge Forensics team for two years and continuing, she works as the Assistant Communications Director to navigate the social media and networking of their large team. From embroidering her jeans to speaking on stage, the arts have always been an important part of her way of expression. In her free time, she competes nationally in figure skating, is a lover of Chipotle, and enjoys socializing with everyone!

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.