Scholars who achieve at the highest levels are named National Merit students. Similarly, student-athletes are named league all-stars and performers take their turn on stage. But for top visual arts students, wider recognition can be more elusive. Under the radar, two students have earned top level recognition for excellence in visual arts and this testifies to their hard work, talent, and the excellence of their teachers, Mrs. Mills and Mrs. Finan.
Take Ben Shiffer, current grade eight students at SFXP. After receiving two Scholastic Art Gold Keys in Boston, Ben has now received two National Medals – one Gold Medal and one Silver Medal. Ben has been invited to two days of events in New York City, culminating in receiving his Gold Medal at Carnegie Hall. On June 2, the Empire State Building will be lit up in Gold to honor the Gold medalists. Ben’s Gold Medal work, Self-Portrait, is pictured above.
SFXP Alum and current JPII junior Nick Glaser is garnering recognition as the top student artist on Cape. Nick won the grand prize in the Cape Cod Life Annual Issue contest and had two paintings published. He will also be profiled in an upcoming July issue of Cape Cod Life Arts edition as an “emerging artist.” Click here for some of Nick’s featured artwork.