NadiaJewel_headshotNadia Jewel Vito

STANJ — Dramatic Pairs

Nadia Jewel Vito is a junior at Pinelands Regional High school who won the Governor’s Award for Dramatic Pairs, along with her best friend, Gaten Matarazzo, at the STANJ Competition. At her high school, she is a council member of the Thespian Honors Society, a member of the Tri-M Music Honors Society, and a member of the National Honors Society. Her favorite theatre credits include: Young Fiona (Shrek the Musical National/International Tour), Young Bonnie (Bonnie & Clyde at the Eagle Theatre), Olive Ostrovsky (Spelling Bee at Pinelands), and Luisa (Fantasticks with Bellarine Theatre Co.) Earlier this year, Nadia helped assistant direct Radium Girls at Pinelands. At STANJ, Nadia won the 1st place award for Character Analysis (9th grade), was a part of Pinelands’ Musical Theatre Group which won 1st place (10th grade), and received 4th place for both her comedic monologue and a group scene that she was in, along with her dramatic pair (11th grade). Nadia looks forward to STANJ all year long, and would like to thank Mr. DiFrancia, Ms. Sayah, and her parents and friends for supporting her.

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.