11th-grade IB Art student Alek Yoder has been recognized with a Regional Silver Key (Sculpture) Award in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.
Alek created the piece, Free Medicine for All, in his 10th-grade art class last year. “I originally made the sculpture for an in-class assignment with no intent to submit it anywhere, but my teacher, Eva Strohmeier, encouraged me to do so when Scholastic Awards began accepting submissions. We were working with the theme "the future is in our hands," and, given the inaccessibility of some medicines due to price, I made Free Medicine for All. The title might sound cliché, and I find that the piece is very simplistic with little abstraction, but in this case, I felt that a simple, overt message would be most powerful,” he said.
Alek’s artwork was recognized out of more than 330,000 works submitted nationwide. Congratulations, Alek and Eva, on this fantastic achievement!