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Mukilan Karthikeyan is a Junior and Morris Hills High School. He was a part of all the fall plays during his time at school so far. In his freshman year, he played Charley, a young university student caught in the middle of the consequences of miscommunication, in the play Charley’s Aunt. Sophomore Year he played Juror 11, a vibrant immigrant who holds the ideal of Honor, Free Speech, and Decomcory in the highest regard, in “12 Angry Jurors” (12 Angry Men). And Junior he played the role of Ramon, a Spanish communist posing as Leon Trotsky’s gardener, in “All In the Timing.” Mukilan would like to thank his family for being the support of his endeavors, they have been the reason he is able to get involved in theatre and discover a whole new world. Mukilan would also like to thank the teachers and his peers for creating an awesome, welcoming, and kind ITS community; each bit of kindness starts a chain reaction and makes the world a better place one person at a time.

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.