Maya Stokely Governor's Awards 2021 Newark ACTSO-813988b3

Hi, my name is Maya Stokley!

I am a senior attending Donald M. Payne School of Technology. I represent the NAACP Act-So Newark Branch. I am very excited to graduate and finally begin my journey to becoming the authentic version of myself. My goals are to sing in a musical, publish poetry collections, sing with people globally, and write stories that people need to hear. I surround myself with nature to help me compose who I am as an individual.

Music and writing nourish my purpose and gives me an outlet to express how I am feeling. To add on, I use these two elements to portray a character or message.

As the oldest of three children, I know that responsibility will be important when I am an adult. However, I know that it is my responsibility to stay true to who I am as an artist, daughter, friend, and individual.



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.