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Shannon-Milan Lambert (Milan) is a 15-year-old sophomore at Teaneck High School & Bergen County Technical High School in a duel share program.  She is an ‘A’ student studying cosmetology and hopes to attend college to work towards a degree in the field of law enforcement.

Milan began dancing ballet at the age of two and has also been trained in Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, African, Tap, Latin and Hip Hop.  She has been a member of several local dance companies including The Alison Owusu Experience, Teaneck Terpsichoreans, Passion Flux Dance and the Elmwood Park Dance Team and also helps in mentoring younger dance students.  Through these dance groups, she has been able to perform at several venues including the 2021 U. S. Presidential Inauguration, Philadelphia Youth Festival (2019), The Apollo Theater for Bill and Hillary Clinton (2007) and others.

Milan participates in the NAACP ACT-SO program in Bergen County where she won two bronze medals last year. She has also won the ‘Shield of Excellence’ award and numerous dance awards.

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.