AEC Student Wins Big at the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Contest

Friday, March 20, 2020

Since 7th grade, sophomore Judah Hafter had dreamed of winning a gold medal in the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards contest. This year, he achieved that dream with his photography. Through the digital media studio in the Adelson Educational Campus Startup Incubator, as well as the mentorship of his teacher, Mr. Tobin Herringshaw, Judah created an entire portfolio of food photography for his AP Photography class.

The winning photograph, titled "Discovering Blue", was part of that portfolio and the culmination of a month of work trying to understand the relationship between the color blue and the appeal of food in a normal diet. Less than 1% of all the participants throughout the country earn the coveted gold medal. Judah is the first student in the history of the Adelson Educational Campus, to have earned a gold medal in photography. Judah and Mr. Herringshaw are now invited to be recognized at a national ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City, along with other gold medalists throughout the country. These student artists represent the most outstanding young artists in the nation and their works will become part of the Art.Write.Now.2020 national exhibition to be displayed in two of the most prestigious art schools in America, the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons School of Design at The New School and Pratt Institute’s Pratt Manhattan Gallery.