Two Archmere Students Recognized with National Scholastic Art Medals
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the nonprofit organization that presents the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, has recognized two Archmere Academy students with National Silver Medals: Michael Ciampoli '23 for his "Froc" sculpture (teacher Jody Hoffman), and Caeli McAlanon '25for her original book cover concept for Jaws (teacher Stephanie Silverman).
More than 100,000 teens from across the country and Canada entered more than 260,000 works of art and writing to the 2023 Scholastic Awards. Michael and Caeli's pieces were 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. Only 2,000 works received a National Medal, which means these two works of student art have been recognized as representative of the top 1% of all national submissions.
Since 1923, the Awards have celebrated teen artists and writers from across the country, including ranks of notable alumni, including Tschabalala Self, Stephen King, Kay WalkingStick, Charles White, Joyce Carol Oates, and Andy Warhol - all of whom won Scholastic Awards when they were teens. Archmere is celebrating its 52nd anniversary of the Fine Arts program this year.
Caeli and Michael's work will be published in the online galleries at artandwriting.org in June, and their names will also be listed in Yearbook 2022, a companion to our annual publications Best Teen Art and Best Teen Writing, which feature selections of works by National Medalists.