Eighth grade students Annalisa Medenard-Miller and Giuliana Obligado are the recipients of a National Silver Medal in the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. A virtual award ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. June 9, joined by by Sara Bareilles, Kristen Bell, Tituss Burgess, Kelly Clarkson, Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, and Tschabalala Self.
As a National Medalist, Scholastic is publishing their work in their Online Galleries at artandwriting.org in June. Both Annalisa and Giuliana’s name will be listed in the 2020 Yearbook, a companion publication to The Best Teen Art and The Best Teen Writing anthologies.
Annalisa’s artwork is called “Trouble Breathing” which represents her struggle and fight with COVID-19 within the past year. Giuliana’s work is called “Donkey x Elephant” which reflects her view on the political struggle and unrest that occurred last year.
“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 this encourages both girls to develop their artistic skills and receive similar achievements in the future for their hard work and dedication to the arts.”
About the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
More than 80,000 students submitted nearly 230,000 works of art and writing to the 2020 Scholastic Awards. Their work 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 both students within the top 1% of all submissions!
Since 1923, the Awards have celebrated teen artists and writers from across the country. Both Annalisa and Giuliana are now a part of that legacy, joining the ranks of celebrated alumni like artists Tschabalala Self, Stephen King, Charles White, Joyce Carol Oates, Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, and Kay Walking Stick; writers Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, and Joyce Carol Oates; and filmmakers Lena Dunham and Ken Burns —all of whom won Scholastic Awards when they were teens.
As their teacher I’m very proud and honored to have such talent in my class. It is a great achievement and I hope this encourages both girls to develop their artistic skills and receive similar achievements in the future for their hard work and dedication to the arts. Congratulations again!!!