Keva Torres is 16 years old and is a junior at Bridgewater Raritan High School.  She has lived in this district since 2010 and beyond her high school curricula she has an interest in expressing her creativity through art using various mediums.  Keva has participated in the 2021 NAACP ACT-SO competition in the Visual Arts category in which she won a bronze medal for a picture of nature using color pencils and has now submitted another one of her pieces in the 2022 competition as well.  Additionally, she is a member of her school’s tennis and golf teams and had an active role in the 2022 mock trial competition, which made it to the final round.  Also, whenever Keva has spare time she has been learning sign language and participates on the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Garden’s praise dance team.

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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.