2021 New Jersey Governor’s Awards in Arts Education


MAY 22, 2021

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Award Winners



Each year, it is our honor to welcome 100 arts students and 20 leaders to celebrate with their loved ones and our arts community during the annual awards ceremony. While the awards  looks quite different this year, our #NJARTSEDPROUD spirit remains the same.

The virtual ceremony includes award winning remarks from state officials, messages from our alumni, and performances from past and present award recipients.

Congratulations, Class of 2021. 

The 2021 Awards 

Alumni Master of Ceremonies 

VISUAL ARTS Award Winners








Tonei Silver, Nicolette Zika, Kylie Blake, Kayla Hsu, 

Fiona Quirk, Brooke Kastafados + Brogan Donston

Group Dance

Mark Yancey II

“Pandemia” by Lisette Santiago

Morris Hills High School’s STANJ “Best Scene” Award Winners

“12 Angry Jurors” by Reginald Rose

Lilian Myers

“Kubla Khan” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Rachel Lischin, Rebecca Brown, and Helene Tjoumakaris

“An Organized Life” from Vanities: The Musical


Shannon-Milan Lambert

Solo Dance


Sabrina Schubert

“Malinconia Ninfa Gentile” by Bellini




Jiakun Huang

“Almost Like Being in Love” by Lerner and Lowe


Serenity Sewell

“Emily Dickinson at the Poetry Slam” by Dan Vera


Lawrence Custis

“Rise and Shine” by Robert Glasper


Chloe Budd

“Star Vicino” by Salvator Rosa


Jaida Louie-Hollis

Animation Reel


Victoria Csatay

“Bewitched” by Richard Rogers


Tonei Silver, Nicolette Zika, Kylie Blake, Kayla Hsu, 

Fiona Quirk, Brooke Kastafados + Brogan Donston

Group Dance


Master of Ceremonies:

Louis Mofsie



David Harrell

Mark Wong

Dr. Lawrence Feinsod

Patricia Wright

Scott Edgar

Kristin Wenger


Alumni Contributors:

Austin Bunn

BJ Ward

Calvin Bell III

Christopher Maximos

Darlene Russell

Jennifer Urhane

Karen Cinorre

Kristie Keleshian

Marcia Teusink

Michele Maccarone

Shawna Longo

Tamar LaSure-Owens

Tony Bordonaro


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  • Submit your Congrats to the Class of 2020
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  • Congratulations to Malachi Carter on being nominated for the Governor’s Awards. We’re very proud of you. - Gloucester County ACT-SO - Ms. Carol, Ms LaRae
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  • Congratulations to Sierra Hicks on being nominated for the NJ Governor’s Awards.- Gloucester County ACT-SO - Ms. Carol, Ms. LaRae
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  • Congratulations Malachi. You are the best. I am so proud of you. Keep up the good work. - Patrice Carter
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  • Congratulations to all the NJ ACT-SO students nominated for the 2021 Governor’s Awards. We are proud of you all.. - Carol Dove, NJ ACT-SO Governor’s Awards Coordinator
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  • Malachi, You deserve this accolade and more. Enjoy the moment, but keep climbing! Something amazing is on the horizon. - Enrique Walnut
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  • Congratulations on this amazing accomplishment. So very proud to watch as you are excelling in life....keep up the great work and the sky is your only limit...CONGRATULATIONS!!! - Stephanie Kaloko
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  • Congratulations to my Woogness!!! Very proud of the man you’re becoming. I love you. - Danielle Carter
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  • Congratulations Malachi! You are an outstanding young man who deserves this recognition. Your hard work and dedication have been an inspiration to all those around you and we are so proud that others are taking notice. We wish you all the best! May your future be as bright as your past. - Love, Sylvester Dixon, and family
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  • Malichi you got this and it’s well deserved. Nothing is given it is earned by hard work and determination! Achieve young man achieve !!! - Hurshel Richardson
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  • I'm so proud of you my little big cousin. Anything you put your mind to you will succeed. You are kind, you are gentle and you are humble. Congratulations you deserve this award. Keep your head up and keep reaching BEYOND THE STARS. You got this way to go. I love you mal - Kern Edwards
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  • Congratulations! Acknowledgment for good work is the impetus for more good work! - Joy Tucker
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  • Sending you a heart congratulations, Malachi Carter! Wishing you lots of success with your future endeavors! - Councilwoman Danielle M. Jones
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  • Congratulations to the 2021 ACT-SO Governors Award recipients. Winning this award should be an extremely proud moment for you. Your supporters recommended you because your hard work showed you deserved it. Much success, - Valerie Pierce
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  • Congratulations young man. You make us all so proud. - Malachi Carter
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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.