Visions and voices of SPS students recognized in national Scholastic competition
Three St. Paul’s School students were awarded a total of four national medals in the 2022 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards this month in recognition of their originality, technical skill and emergence of personal vision or voice.
For their accomplishments in art, painter Jaekeon Jeong ’22 was awarded a gold medal for his piece “Walker in Distopia” and a silver for “Single Combat” while Sooyeon Lee ’24 won a silver medal for her digital art piece “Urban Stargazing.”
Harvard-bound Sixth Former Ke Nicole Hu was recognized with a gold medal for her op-ed essay “Simone Biles Goes for the Bronze,” which explores the challenges faced by athletes and the expectations that the media and public place upon all performers. Last year, Hu was awarded a national silver medal in the Dramatic Script category for her play “The Old You.”
This year, more than 100,000 teens in grades 7-12 from across the U.S. and Canada entered more than 260,000 works of art and writing in 28 categories; nearly 2,000 works received National Medals. Each work is blindly adjudicated, first locally through the more than 100 affiliates of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, and then nationally by panels of judges composed of renowned artists, authors, educators and industry experts. Since the program’s founding in 1923, the Awards have fostered the creativity and talent of millions of students, including Amanda Gorman, Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates and Andy Warhol.