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Jonathan Levy is a Senior at Pinelands Regional High School. He would like to thank Mr. Miller Dr. A and Mr. and Mrs. DiFrancia for pushing him to be the best he can be and for all their support. Jonathan is a part of the Thespians society at school and wants to also thank them for their continuous love and support. Some of his favorite roles he’s played are The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (William Barfee) and Mary Poppins (Bank Chairman). Jonathan has competed at STANJ since a freshman. He won his first governor’s award as a junior in comedic pairs and he won 2 more this year in comedic pairs and dramatic pairs. Jonathan is very proud of his partners Lily Targett and Carmen Matarazzo for their hard work and dedication to the scenes they performed this year. And would like to give one more special thanks to his parents and sister who inspired him to start acting and pursue the thing he loves doing the most.

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.