MPH Student Artists Receive National Recognition

A piece from Harry Chen’s Silver Medal Portfolio “The Flame Valley”

Two Manlius Pebble Hill School students have received national recognition with in the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Sophomore Andrew Benincasa and Senior Harry (Zejia) Chen both received National Silver Medals and have been identified by panels of creative professionals as two of the most talented young artists and writers in the nation. This year, nearly 350,000 works of art and writing were submitted from students in grades 7 through 12. Only the top 1% were recognized at the national level. This is Harry’s third year in a row being recognized at the national level.

Andrew Benincasa’s Silver Medal Photo: “Van and Sky”


Andrew was recognized for his piece “Van and Sky” in the photography category, while Harry received praise in the Portfolio category for his collection called “The Flame Valley.”

MPH Visual Art & Design Chair Teresa Henderson says, “So many of the national awards go to students enrolled in art schools, so to have two students recognized from our small school is really remarkable. I’m so proud of their accomplishment.”