Olivia Leto

New Jersey Music Educators Association — All-State Chorus

Olivia Leto is a senior at Mahwah High School, class of 2020. Throughout high school, Olivia has participated in multiple choirs on a county, region, state, and national level. After singing with the All-State choir her sophomore year, Olivia realized her love for singing in such competitive and advanced choirs. She practiced tirelessly to place high in her section and, through her hard work, earned the title of top Soprano I in the New Jersey All-State Choir for two consecutive years. In addition to her choral accomplishments, Olivia is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Science Honor Society, Mahwah High School Drama Club, and both Mahwah Marching and Symphonic Bands. For the next four years, Olivia will be pursuing a liberal arts education and continue singing at Northeastern University in Boston. Olivia would like to thank NJMEA and Arts Ed NJ for the opportunity to accept the prestigious New Jersey Governor’s Award for Arts in Education. She is grateful for the support of her family, friends, Principal Mr. John Pascale, and, most of all, Mrs. Morneweck-Fuld, who was by her side every step of the way.

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.