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Nicholas Budny is a junior at Princeton High School in Princeton, New Jersey. He is the principal pianist for his school’s jazz band, which received 2nd place at the National Jazz Festival, and recorded a feature length album at Abbey Road Studios in London. He has been debating for 3 years, and will be the captain of the debate team next year. Along with his partner, he won the Ridge Invitational, the University of Pennsylvania invitational, and the NJSDL State Championship, all in Varsity Public Forum debate. Outside of school, he is a competitive classical pianist, and has performed at Carnegie Hall. He also enjoys writing poetry, founding his school’s poetry club with a friend, and has been published in several literary journals. He is interested in public policy, and has founded an online publication dedicated towards political science and philosophy, as well as the New Jersey chapter of a national nonprofit for voter education.

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.