Victoria Evanchick is thrilled to be a recipient of two Governors Awards in Arts Education. In 2022, she has received first place awards in Dramatic Monologue, Character Analysis, was one of the recipients of the Senior Scholarship Award, and was featured as the Baker’s Wife along side her amazing cast and crew as they won Best Musical for their production of “Into the Woods”. Along with the Baker’s Wife, some of her favorite roles have been Diana Nedda in “Lend Me A Tenor” and Countess Lily in “Anastasia”. She is pursuing a career in theatre in college and thanks everyone, especially her director and teacher, Mrs. Heather Burns, for all the amazing theatre opportunities she has been allowed to experience.


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.