Alex Tapnio has been with the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers since 2003 as part of the programs team and over the years has become a maven of sorts for the Awards. Now, as the Senior Manager of National Programs, he collaborates with a team of dedicated staff to create recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarship opportunities for national Scholastic Awards winners. His favorite part of his job is working with scholarship partners to provide national winners with tuition support for their achievements in the Awards.
Alex has vast knowledge in how to taxidermy animals! While struggling to find a career that could suit both his art history and biology majors, he worked in natural history museums preserving animals for scientific study and exhibition displays. No, not the deer or moose heads you’ll find on a hunter’s wall or at a tacky restaurant—fresh out of college, he played with dead snails, birds, fishes and even dinosaur bones. For snails, he recommends fixing in formalin and then switching to methyl hydrate. Kids, don’t do this at home without consulting a scientist!