Matt is humbled to be given the Governor’s Award. As a Senior, Matt has been doing theater and performing since he was 10 years old. Matt has starred in productions such as Spring Awakening, Chicago, Evita, and currently Les Miserablés. Along with that, he’s been seen on the set of American Idol auditioning for the Celebrity Judges. He’s honored to be given this award and cannot thank everyone involved enough, special thanks to his theater teacher Mrs.Gail Enterline who has been crucial to his high school success and will continue to be as he progresses in his career

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Congratulatory Messages For Matthew Woodward

You are such a humble hardworking talented man!
Bursting with pride!
Such well deserved recognition Matthew, you are a spectacular actor. You share your gift with such generosity & grace. With all best wishes -Georgette M

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.