M-W shines at Congressional Art Show, Polina Chizhov wins grand prize

on May 24, 2016

Monroe-Woodbury student Polina Chizhov earned the Grand Prize at the Congressional Art Show award ceremony in Newburgh on May 22. She and seven other students represented Monroe-Woodbury High School in the annual competition.

Grand prize winner Polina Chizhov.

Polina’s grand prize winning artwork.

Polina received two airline tickets to travel to Washington, D.C. and will take part in the official Congressional ceremony. Her artwork will hang in the United States Capitol for one year.





Artwork by Lopez.

“Seasons” by Edwin Lopez


In addition, Edwin Lopez was awarded an Honorable Mention for “Seasons.”



"Fallen Souls" by Brandin Colon.

“Fallen Souls” by Brandin Colon.

M-W student Brandin Colon was named FaceBook Fan Favorite and received an award from Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney.

Other M-W participants were Anthony Carrube, Brianna Brodsky, Brittney Zovko, Cassandra Baier and Hannah Parrella.




  • HS student wins grand prize in art competition.
    Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney presents the grand prize to Polina Chizhov. They are joined by Polina's parents.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.