TRENTON, NJ - Elizabeth Stuart not only won the Governor's Award for Vocal Performance, the Chatham High senior showed why she was honored by singing the national anthem to kick off the 38th annual Governor's Awards Ceremony on Tuesday at the War Memorial.

“I am so grateful that I was also given the opportunity to perform at the ceremony," Stuart said. "Having the opportunity to compete and win the Vocal Performance Governor’s Award has been such an amazing experience, and I can’t wait to continue music further in the future.”

In addition to her vocal performance award, Stuart was one of six students from Chatham High School to be accepted into NJ All-State Mixed Chorus. Stuart was the only alto to be accepted. Over 1,100 students auditioned for All-State, 350 were accepted.

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In competing with singers from around the state, Stuart scored in the top four, which earned her a nomination for the Governor's Award. She is one of four students in the state to receive the Governor's Award for singing.

“I am immensely proud of all of Elizabeth’s accomplishments in singing," Kenneth Bryson, CHS chorus teacher, said. "I think receiving the Governor’s Award in Singing is truly the icing on the cake for her high school career. It is really quite an honor for her and speaks volumes as to her talent and love for singing and music. I can not think of a more deserving student for this award.”

The criteria in choosing Stuart for the honor included her ranking, her successful part testing while at All-State, a letter of recommendation from her chorus teacher, and her performance experience at CHS and within the larger community.

At the Governor’s Awards Ceremony, Stuart received a medal and certificate for her achievement as All-State Mixed Chorus recipient. This recognition also earned her the opportunity to open the program with the singing of the National Anthem.