Sofia Melfi has been acting for eight years. She dives into the challenge of each character she embodies as she strives to bring truthful behaviors into her work. Grounded in her training of both the Stanislavski Method and Uta Hagen techniques, she is able to dissect the innerworkings and behaviors of the roles she takes on. Most notable performances are Wendla Bergmanin Spring Awakening, #13 in The Wolves, and Morticia Addams in The Addams Family. Sofia has participated in theatre competitions throughout her high school career earning her 1st Place at STANJ, Best Actress four years in a row at the NJ Thespians Festival in the Chapter Select category, and even an International Superior Medial at the International Thespians festival. She is currently pursuing admission into a BFA acting program.

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.