Eighth-grade student Christopher Joszczyk Receives 2020 Youth Honor Award
We are pleased to recognize eighth-grade student Christopher Joszczyk who was the recipient of the 2020 Youth Honor Award from Skipping Stones magazine. Founded in 1988, Skipping Stonesis an award-winning, international magazine for youth celebrating ecological and cultural diversity, and facilitating a meaningful exchange of ideas and experiences. Joszczyk submitted a poem and illustration on Chopin and was recognized for his creative work which appears in the Fall issue of the magazine. Embracing his Polish heritage, Joszczyk submitted the poem in both English and Polish.
In an interview with Skipping Stones, Joszczyk stated, “The portrait of Chopin was a grid drawing piece and was inspired by my love of music, piano, and my Polish heritage. After drawing the portrait, I decided to write about who Chopin was as a composer, and I was given the idea to write a poem by one of my friends. Throughout my research process, I learned much more about the life and compositions of Chopin. Since I was already familiar with speaking Polish, writing my poem in Polish as well as in English seemed like a unique way to highlight Chopin’s background. I have played piano since the age of seven, so when I thought of who to draw, a Polish composer was someone I admired and was inspired by. The poem was another way for me to express my admiration for Chopin, as well as my love of writing.”
Joszczyk, an eighth-grade student, has his sights on a career in engineering or math.