Julia Bang is a sophomore at Pascack Hills High School. Julia plays the clarinet and has played the piano for almost four years, and since no longer taking lessons, is mainly self-taught. Julia has been an editor for the school newspaper, The Trailblazer, since her Freshman year, while also actively participating in several clubs, such as the Female Empowerment Club, Asian Culture Club, and Mental Health Club. In her spare time, Julia enjoys studying films, taking photos, and cleaning to destress. Julia has always been fascinated by literature and dreams of pursuing a writing or film-oriented career in the future. She values her Korean identity and is a supporter of social change, also seeking to raise awareness of mental health illnesses, such as OCD, something she has grown up with.   Julia Bang

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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.