Jordan McKinney is a senior a part of the class of 2022 at Camden County Technical School. Her schedule has been filled with honors and AP courses since the beginning of freshman year, and she has now added college courses to her course mix. Throughout the years, she has been an active participant in clubs such as the National Honor Society, various pre-college intensive programs, and Girl Scouts, where she holds a secretary position. In 2020, she was one of two New Jersey students accepted into ACT-SO Arts and Entertainment STEAMage Intensive. Last year, Jordan began work as an intern at the IDEA Art Center in Camden, New Jersey where she has led projects such as Subaru’s 2021 Holiday Card. Jordan plans to study illustration and graphic design in college. Additionally, she plans to launch an online shop selling stationery that she designs. She would also like to illustrate comics and children’s books. Jordan is looking forward to the community of college and being in an environment of like-minded individuals who share a passion for learning. As a self-taught artist, Jordan is eager to gain the skills needed to be competitive and successful in her chosen field and is excited for the networking opportunities that college provides.

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I am so proud of you and the awesome work you so. The sky's the limit, continue to pursue your dream and I will continue to celebrate you! Love Ms. Cheryl and ACTSO

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.