When Steven Paul becomes famous, you'll be able to say you saw him here first.
The bright 17-year-old has already won multiple awards and his photography was singled out for the cover of this year’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards catalog. That compelling photo, a picture of his friend and muse, Nina Attal, was also turned into a massive mural on the side of a Brooklyn building.
As students at Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, Steven and Nina participate in the competitive Screened Art program. Steven says that Nina is his muse and “favorite person to photograph” because “there’s a great chemistry. She definitely doesn’t over-pose. She’s just herself.”
He loves capturing Nina’s natural “really, really lost expression” –- fitting for his winning photo, titled “Lost Time.”
“Nightly News” went to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards this year at Carnegie Hall. Excited, smart, promising high school kids from all over the country gathered with their parents on hand to see them on stage. Some of the students have their art displayed at Pratt Manhattan Gallery and Parsons The New School for Design. A proud moment.
Ever since the 1920s, Scholastic has gathered entries from across the country. The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, the nonprofit created to sustain the awards, has continued to make it possible for these creative teens to receive medals for their work. Many winners have gone on to remarkable careers. Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, Robert Redford, Lena Dunham — the list is impressive.
For Steven, art helped him at a time when he was dissatisfied with his performance at school and needed a new outlet for his creativity. He says winning this award for his artistic abilities is “one of the most epic moments” of his life so far.
It certainly is epic, and we couldn’t be happier for Steven.
First published June 25 2014, 2:24 PM
Harry Smith is an NBC News Correspondent who came to NBC News as a Correspondent for Rock Center with Brian Williams in July 2011.
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One of televisionâ€™s most distinguished journalists, Smith has been a news reporter and anchor for more than 30 years. Before joining NBC News, he hosted the CBS News morning shows The Early Show and its predecessor CBS This Morning for 17 years.
Smith served as a senior correspondent for CBS News and substitute anchors for the CBS Evening News, Face the Nation and CBS News Sunday Morning. He also hosted the A&E series Biography.
Smith has interviewed a whoâ€™s who of world leaders from Barack Obama to Margaret Thatcher. Heâ€™s reported from the Persian Gulf War, the Iraq War and the war in Bosnia. Smith reported live from Tahrir Square the night Hosni Mubarak fell from power. He covered the revolution in Libya. Smith has also reported from disaster zones in the United States as well as Japan, Sri Lanka, Haiti and the Philippines. Smith has won several Emmy Awards, an Edward R. Murrow Award, and a du Pont award as well as numerous other honors.
He is a proud graduate of Central College in Pella, Iowa. He is married to the remarkable Andrea Joyce, an NBC sports reporter. They are the parents of two sons.