JordynBarrJordyn Barr

STANJ — Best Actress

Jordyn, a Junior, would like to thank Mr. And Mrs. DiFrancia, Dr. Atkins, , her lovely family and amazing friends for being supportive of her career. She’d also like to thank Carter Mathis and Summer Miller for making her smile all the time. Academically, Jordyn is an Honors student, in AP and Honors classes. Apart from academics, Jordyn takes part in multiple clubs including, National Honor Society, Interact, History club, Habitat for Humanity, and Wildcats in Action. She is a council member within the Thespian Honor society and participates in many arts events. Jordyn has done 11 shows with Pinelands, some of her credits include, Christmas Carol (Belinda), Cinderella (Ballroom Dancer), How To Succeed (Minor Role), and 25th Annual Spelling Bee (Ensemble). This year she received a Governor’s Award for Best Actress with the help of Pinelands very own STANJ team! She is very thankful to be given this opportunity.


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.