Eighth grader Paul Choi wins National Silver Medal for artwork

Artwork of boy playing trombone
“Simply Playing the Trombone” by eighth grader Paul Choi. Paul received a National Silver Medal in the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for his artwork.

Eighth grade advanced studio art student Paul Choi received a National Silver Medal in the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for his artwork titled “Simply Playing the Trombone.”

Nearly 340,000 works of art and writing were submitted to the 2019 contest. Paul’s artwork was selected by some of the foremost leaders in the visual and literary arts for excellence in originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. Receiving a National Medal places Paul within the top one percent of all submissions.

Since 1923, the Awards have celebrated teen artists and writers from across the country. Paul is now a part of that legacy, joining the ranks of celebrated alumni like artists Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, and Kay WalkingStick; writers Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, and Joyce Carol Oates; and filmmakers Lena Dunham and Ken Burns.

As a National Medalist, Paul’s work will be published in Scholastic’s online galleries at www.artandwriting.org in June. His name will also be listed in the 2019 Yearbook, a companion publication to The Best Teen Art and The Best Teen Writing anthologies.

“As his teacher I’m very proud and honored to have such talent in my class,” said Art Teacher Amber Brown. “It is a great achievement and I hope to continue helping Paul and other students develop their artistic skills and achievements in the future.”