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Sierra Hicks is a 17-year-old senior at Delsea Regional High School in Franklinville, New Jersey.

She was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at 11 months old and has had her share of health challenges.  But as she grew older her body grew stronger.  So, in many respects she was a late bloomer. Her health impacted her school attendance and involvement in sports and other activities.  Despite these obstacles she has performed well in her college preparatory coursework, even making the Honor Roll.

In 9th grade, Sierra decided that she would no longer allow her diagnosis to control her and joined the field hockey and step teams and was active until the schools closed in March, 2020 due to the pandemic.

Her other interests include photography, public speaking, politics, journaling, and all genres and eras of music.  She regularly participates in Cystic Fibrosis awareness and fundraising efforts.

Last year she joined the Gloucester County Branch of the NAACP ACT-SO program and has enjoyed exploring new interests and expanding her knowledge in other subjects.  She won the New Jersey state bronze medal for Original Essay.

She aspires to become a forensic psychologist combining her interest in criminology with her fascination of the mind and how it functions..

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.