WILLIAMSPORT, Pa (APRIL 4, 2017) — Williamsport Area High School senior Samia Campbell recently received a National Medal in the 2017 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
Campbell's piece "Lina" won a silver medal in the Drawing and Illustration category. Among all of the submissions to the competition, less than 1 percent of the submissions received a medal.
On behalf of the WAHS Art Department, art teacher Andrea McDonough Varner congratulated Campbell on a job well done and wished her the best of luck in her future. According to McDonough Varner, Campbell humbly accepted this award and was honored. The teacher said each of Campbell's works display her motivation, determination and focus.
In January, Campbell took home six coveted Gold Key awards — along with number of other honors — in the 2017 Scholastic Art Awards of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Campbell also earned an Honorable Mention, a Silver Key for individual piece and a Silver Key for her portfolio.
Campbell and all students receiving top awards are invited to attend a ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall on June 8. They also have been given the opportunity to participate in showcase events at Parsons School for Design at The New School and Pratt Institute's Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York City.
These awards have recognized creative teenagers across the country since 1923. To receive a Scholastic Art and Writing Awards National Medal means that these particular students become a part of a legacy of celebrated authors and artists such as Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Lena Dunham, and this year's Alumni Achievement Awards recipient Paul Chan.