Barnum Student Wins Congressional Art Competition Hosted by Congressman Stauber

May 14, 2021
Press Release

HERMANTOWN, MN -- Today, Congressman Stauber (MN-08) announced that Barnum High School Freshman Ivy Polecheck has won first place in the Congressional Art Competition hosted by his office. Judges chose Polecheck’s painting, “Relief from the Storm,” as the winner out of more than 20 entries from talented students across Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional District.

Polecheck’s artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol alongside the winning artwork from other Congressional Districts across the country.

Of the Congressional Art Competition, Stauber stated, “Congratulations Ivy, on your winning entry, and thank you to all of the talented students who submitted artwork to this year’s competition. Every single submission this year was extraordinary, and I am so incredibly proud of the talent coming out of Northeast Minnesota. I look forward to seeing a beautiful reminder of Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional District displayed in the hallway every time I walk to the Capitol to vote.”


First Place -- Ivy Polecheck, 9th grade, Barnum High School
Title of Entry: Relief from the Storm


Second Place -- Raena Hanneken, 8th grade, Pine River -
Backus Schools
Title of Entry: Minnesota’s Babe (the Blue Ox)



Third Place -- Oceanna Kowitz, 8th grade, Moose Lake
Community School
Title on Entry: Flying Free

The Congressional Art Competition takes place each spring. Students are encouraged to visit Congressman Stauber’s website to learn more.