Katreena Deodatt was born on July 21st, 2004. She is a senior at Essex County Newark Tech, She is Co-Captain of Newark Techs Varsity Debate team, she is the number one policy debater in the state of New Jersey, a national qualifier in speech and debate, and now State Champion. She is a recipient of the All American Award for speech and Debate. She is also very active in student government, where she is the president of the Student council. Along with her amazing team, they have been assisting with planning school events and bringing school spirit! She is a student-athlete and has played Varsity volleyball for four consecutive years and the team is currently division champions. Starting the morning off on the right foot is always important, and Katreena is a member of the morning announcement crew, where the message, “dreams don’t work unless you do” is administered. Academic success is important to her and she is a senior in Newark Tech’s teal program, which allows her to graduate with her associates degree in liberal arts this June! Likewise, she is president of the National Honor Society, where they donate to the less fortunate! Building the Newark Tech family is important to Her, hence why she is A Senior Mentor to the current freshman. Where she mentors 12 students. She was an ambassador for Cares Mentoring program, the program was catered around the emotional, physical and well-being of students. As a born terrier, she is an active member of the yearbook committee, where capturing every moment at Newark Tech is important! She strives to fit the mission of excellence being expected of everyone; because that is what a terrier is.


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.