Lily Targett Headshot - Chuck Miller-9d17ca35

Lily Targett is a Senior at Pinelands Regional High School. She would like to thank Mr. Miller and her fellow thespians for pushing her as an actress, and for their continuous support. At her school, Lily is in all Honors and AP classes. She is also the Student Body Treasurer and Vice President of The Spanish Club. Some of her favorite past credits include: Marvalyn (Almost Maine), Miss Andrews (Mary Poppins), Robin/Dance Captain (Godspell), and Miss Jones (How to Succeed). She is also involved in numerous theater activities outside of school. She is a teaching assistant at her local performing arts center for dance and musical theater, as well as on their competition team. At STANJ during her sophomore year, she was a part of a musical theater group that had placed 1st. She had also placed 4th for a group scene at STANJ her junior year, and placed finals for improv at STANJ her senior year. Her high school career feels complete after ultimately achieving a Governor’s Award. And finally, she would like to thank Jon Levy for being the best partner she could ask for and for pushing her out of her comfort zone to achieve this honor.

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.