Excellence in the Arts Award

The Cranbury Arts Council is pleased to offer an award for excellence in the arts.  This award is open to graduating high school seniors who reside in Cranbury, NJ, and attend public or private area schools.  This is a merit-based award and is open to all students dedicated to the arts.  Students in the areas of visual arts, film, photography, music (including instrumental and vocal), theatre arts, dance, and poetry are all eligible to apply for this award.  


Applications and supporting materials will be reviewed by the CAC Arts Award Committee.  The committee reserves the right to share the award between two students who demonstrate equal merit, or reserve the award for the next year if no applicant meets the full expectations of the award. The award will be presented in the amount of $1,000 to one student, or $500 to two students who have demonstrated equal merit.  The award winner or winners will be announced in June.


To be considered for the award, you must submit the following google form using the link below. In addition, you must email the following 3 supporting materials to cranburyartscouncil@gmail.com.  (Video submissions must be sent as a link through YouTube, Vimeo, or any other video-hosting website.)


1.  A resume of your accomplishments including years you have been dedicated to your art, competitions, awards, performances, exhibits, community          involvement in the arts, and any outstanding achievements that will show the committee the full scope of your dedication.


2.  One recommendation from a teacher or mentor that can speak to your accomplishments, no more than one page in length.


3.   Please submit any supporting materials you feel will give the committee a full appreciation of your talents.  Examples include:

       Video of your performance in music, dance, or theater - up to 10 minutes

       Example(s) of film(s) created by applicant

       5-10 examples from your art portfolio (photos/scans of your work)


The 2020 Excellence in the Arts Award was presented to Princeton High School seniors Kate Liggio and Conrad Hall

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Kate's passion for dance began when she took her very first dance class at only four years old. Over the next fourteen years, Kate immersed herself in the dance studio where she trained, performed, and eventually taught the younger students everything she had learned.  Kate says there is no place she would rather be than performing on stage.

Kate's accomplishments include numerous Cranbury Arts Council summer Musical Theater performances, leading dance roles in both the musicals at Princeton High School and The Dance Corner's productions, and several National Dance Competition Awards. Kate was a World Dance Championship Finalist in 2019, 2017, and 2016, a Star Dance Alliance National Finalist in 2017, 2016, and 2015, was the 13th overall Senior Soloist in Starquest 's 2020 Dance Competion, and was the 4th overall teen soloist in the 2018 Beyoned the Stars Competion. In addition to her training at The Dance Corner, Kate has also trained with The Joffrey Ballet and the Radio City Rockettes in New York City. 

Kate will be attending Georgetown University in the fall where she plans to major in either Mathematics or Computer Science with a minor in Dance.  

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Conrad's love of theater began when he signed up for his first acting class at the age of twelve, and his passion for drama and musical theater has continued to grow ever since. 


Conrad's dedication to the craft of acting was fostered during his four years studying drama at Princeton High School, culminating in performing the lead role in the school's production of Clue.  Conrad's credits include roles in Anything Goes, Almost Maine, and The Government Inspector.  In 2019, Conrad performed in The Confessional, which was awarded the Grand Jury First Prize at the Walnut Lane Student Film Festival.  Conrad placed 3rd in the 2020 Speech and Theatre Association of NJ Governor's Award Competition for contrasting monologues.  He advanced to the finals for comedic pairs, and was also awarded Outstanding Performance in Improvisation.  Conrad has studied acting at The Broadway Artists Alliance and The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, as well as at McCarter Theater in Princeton.

Conrad plans to study both acting and physics at Muhlenburg College in the fall, and hopes to one day become a working actor.


2012: Alex Anderson (Instrumental Music, Syracuse University)

2013: Melissa Amico (Dance, Muhlenberg College) and

          Elizabeth Maxey (Instrumental Music, Princeton University)

2014: Evan Pavley (Visual Arts, School of the Visual Arts)

2016: Caroline Purdy (Musical Theater, Oklahoma City University)
2017: Edmund Cai (Visual Arts, University of Pennsylvania)
2018: Jake Borden (Instrumental Music, The Julliard School) and

          Mary Rose Brendel (Musical Theater, Penn State)

2019: Isabel Kinney (Theater/Performance Arts, Bowdoin College)