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Julia Brock is a student at Voorhees High School and Hunterdon County Polytech. She was born in Flemington, NJ and raised in New Jersey for the first 8 years of her life. After that, her family moved out of the state until she was in 8th grade. Since then, she’s been in New Jersey (right where she started out). She has drawn ever since she was able to pick up a crayon and doesn’t show any signs of stopping. She started with learning to draw from her mom when she was homeschooled and has continued to take art classes since then. In middle school, there were no art classes offered and she transferred to a middle school that was farther away. Currently, she’s enrolled in the second year of 3D Computer Animation through Hunterdon County Polytech and serves as president of the National Art Honor Society for the same class. Her various art classes and drive to practice at home have helped her develop the art skills she needs in order to pursue higher education for animation. She is strongest in character design and animation. She loves being able to create characters and watch them come to life in the form of 2D animation. Knowing her interests and strengths has pointed her in the direction of higher education and the animation industry. She’s going to join the animation industry for storyboarding and 2D animation by working for a studio and doing freelance art on the side. Her next step toward that goal is attending a school for animation. An education in the arts will provide her with the opportunity to form connections, an invaluable learning experience, and a degree from a school with a good reputation for sending animators into the industry. The generous opportunity that this scholarship provides makes it possible for her to pursue this dream.

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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.