I’m Serenity Sewell, and I’m a prospective business student who’s also heavily interested

in the arts. As a child, I’ve always been interested in many different forms of art. I love

the hobbies that best lets you express yourself. It seemed like I was striving to be the star

child now that I look back on my childhood. I was always dancing, singing, trying to do

makeup, writing something, drawing something, etc. I started writing around the age of

10, which led to a love for poetry and creative writing. Now, soon to be a high school

graduate from Payne Tech, I am very excited to continue my education in business while

honing my love of the arts as I move into this next stage of life. I owe a lot of my

accomplishments to my family and teachers who are very supportive in whatever I chose

to do. This was very helpful because, for a long while, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do

at all. Sometimes I’m still not sure, but I’m grateful that I have family, friends, and

teachers who support me.

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.