Justin Black is a junior at Phillipsburg High School and is currently the Debate Captain, a class officer, and a member of the executive board of the Chess Club. Justin, along with his partner Brian, won the New Jersey State Championship in Public Forum Debate this year, as well as qualifying to the prestigious Tournament of Champions. Outside of school, Justin loves computer programming, technology, and spending quality time with his friends and family. He has a great interest in using the new frontier of technology to help disadvantaged people across the globe.


Congratulatory Messages For Justin Black

Awesome work Justin - Congratulations! Mom and Dad
Congratulations Justin you are doing great things and I am so proud of you.
We are both so proud of you. Your are an incredible young man with a bright future ahead of you. Love you.
Congratulations Justin! From Lilly and Wilrose

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.