New Jersey Students and Leaders Honored at 38th Governor's Awards in Arts Education
On May 22, 2018, students and leaders were honored at the 38th Annual Governor's Awards in Arts Education at the Patriots Theater in the War Memorial in Trenton, New Jersey.
The annual event celebrates the best in arts education from across the state and recognizes the creativity, talent and leadership of the award winners. The award ceremony featured remarks by New Jersey’s Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver and Secretary of State Tahesha Way.
Kristin Wenger, retired Director of Arts Ed NJ received the Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Arts Education Award. Harrison Haney, NJ State Teen Arts Coordinator spoke of winning his State Champion in Dramatic Interpretation Award more than 10 years ago. The event featured amazing performances by Elizabeth Stuart, Chatham High School; Caelan Cardello, Teaneck High School; Madeleine Song from Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest; Claire Taylor, Red Bank Regional High School; Donovan Kazakoff and Camille Ladendorf from Hopewell Valley Central High School; Anisaa Jean-Pierre, S.T.E.M Academy Of East Orange; Nia Ashleigh Harris, St. Vincent Academy; Greg Pise, Passaic County Technical Institute; Hannah Mack, Anthony Sparacino, and Brandon Lyons from Hoboken High School; Breana Sena, Dr. Ronald McNair High School; Ananya Sankar, Montgomery High School; Casey Morrison, Academy for Performing Arts; BrieAnna Serafin, OCVTS Performing Arts Academy; Malcolm Young, Passaic County Technical Institute; Nicole Wich, Passaic County Technical Institute; Kierstyn Edore, Morris County School of Technology; and Viola Taylor, Gloucester County Institute of Technology.
This year's awards were presented to 110 students and 17 education leaders. National and statewide organizations selected the students for their exemplary work in creative writing, speech, dance, music, theatre and the visual arts. Education and arts professionals were chosen for their exceptional commitment and contribution to arts education.
"The Governor’s Awards in Arts Education is a celebration of the significant level of artistic excellence that is the product of the hard work of thousands of arts educators across this state,” stated Bob Morrison, Director of Arts Ed NJ. "Today’s honorees represent the highest level of achievement in their distinct art-forms and serves as a reminder why New Jersey is recognized as a leader in arts education for our nation.”