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Laasya Gaddipati is part of the Ridge High School class of 2021 in Basking Ridge. Laasya has been awarded the state championship at the NJSDL state tournament for DUO Interpretation. She has also been a national qualifier for three consecutive years. At Ridge, she is a member of the National Art Honors Society and as an executive board member of the NPO Let’s Go Dosomething.org, she aids in hosting annual medical camps in various countries. As a professional Indian Classical dancer, she fundraises for the Anschutz Epilepsy foundation annually. Laasya gives performances and competes internationally in dance. She is an avid reader, enjoys painting in her free time, and loves travelling. Laasya has been a proud member of the Ridge Forensics team since her freshman year. She plans to take the premed track in college and become a cardiac surgeon.

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.