Harvey School senior Joseph Bakas is the recipient of seven awards from the Alliance of Young Artists and Writers sponsored by Scholastic, Inc.
Joseph, who entered Harvey as a sixth-grader, has earned four Gold Keys and three Silver Keys in the long-standing 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program that once awarded prizes to such notables as authors Truman Capote, Stephen King and Sylvia Plath, visual artist Andy Warhol, actor, director Robert Redford, fashion and portrait photographer Richard Avedon and more recently, filmmaker, screenwriter and actor Richard Linklater and fashion designer Zac Posen. Joseph was not the only Harvey student to be recognized by Scholastic. Also winning a Gold Key in art for a mixed media project was junior Isabella Iannone.
Joseph said he was “pleasantly surprised” to learn that he received the seven awards from Scholastic but he wasn’t quite sure what he had won at first. “Honestly, I didn’t really know what they meant. I knew that gold was the highest award and I was super excited about getting four golden keys and three silver.”
Joseph thanks his mother for supporting his artistic pursuits. “I want to recognize my mom for encouraging me to do art even when I initially thought it was lame and also for funding my artistic endeavors,” he said. Joseph also appreciates Harvey art teachers Rick Price and Anna Walant. “Mr. Price taught me so much about the physical world of painting and 3-D mediums and Ms. Walant taught me so much about the digital realm of art and design. Without either of them, there would be no way I have gotten into the schools that I have, nor gotten the awards that I have received.”
Joseph has not made his choice for college yet. He is considering majoring in either industrial design or architecture.Isabella, meanwhile, Isabella also learned this week that she was recognized by Writopia Lab for a critical essay she had submitted. Her essay, "Handsome in Pink," earned an honorable mention in the 2017 Hudson-to-Housatonic Scholastic Writing Awards program.