Congratulations to the participants of the 2019 Congressional High School Art Competition!

March 27, 2019

Congressman Seth Moulton, Grand Prize Winner Aiden Heney, and President Kurt T. Steinberg

​Aiden Heney of Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School won the Grand Prize in the 25th Sixth District Congressional High School Art Competition at Montserrat College of Art. A ceremony to present the awards was held in the college’s Montserrat Gallery March 23. The annual event is hosted by Montserrat for Congressman Seth Moulton, and student winners were presented with certificates and nearly $20,000 in scholarships for Montserrat’s Pre-College Summer Program.

Aidan’s work will be sent to Washington DC for a June reception with the winners of all other Congressional District Competitions from across the US. It will be on display for one year.

The exhibit included more than 115 pieces from 23 different public and private high schools within the 6th District of Massachusetts, as well as home-schooled students. The exhibition was juried by John C. Archer, Artist, President, Danvers Art Association, Danielle M. Olsen, Art & Nature Center Creative Producer, Peabody Essex Museum, and Rosalie Sidoti, Artist, Graduate Program Advisor, Tufts University School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Former high school art educator.

The full list of awards include:


Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School – Aiden Heney, Grade 12 – “Sucked Back In”


Manchester-Essex Regional High School – Hannah Burnett, Grade 11 – “Woe”


Masconomet High School – Erica Ding, Grade 10 – “Dark vs. Light”


Reading Memorial High School – Megan Coram, Grade 12 – “Birdhouse”

Honorable Mention

Andover High School – Amanda McHardy, Grade 12 – “Half a Glass”

Beverly High School – Laurel Fielder, Grade 12 – “Boat on Vineyard Waters”

Danvers High School -Jackson Desmond, Grade 11 – “Ephemeral Entry Part 2”

Landmark School – Keandra Finn, Grade 10 – “Self-Portrait”

Manchester-Essex Regional High School – Margareta H. Taraska, Grade 12 – “Tea Time”

North Reading High School – Oli Grabar, Grade 10 – “Continuous Line Self-Portrait”

St. John’s Preparatory School – Liam V. Gildea, Grade 12 – “High Tide”

Best of School

The Academy at Penguin Hall – Auden Muchnik, Grade 10 – “Hear Me!”

Amesbury High School – Kenny Bailey, Grade 11 – “Two Times”

Andover High School – Eileen Jih, Grade 10 – “Tranquil Mind”

Beverly High School – Paula Rodriguez, Grade 11 – “Blue’s Shadow”

Billerica High School – Claudia Hadley, Grade 10 – “Exposed”

Bishop Fenwick High School – Colton Richie, Grade 11 – “I Made This on Fry Day”

Danvers High School – Cassandra Prentiss, Grade 12 – “Rambutan Madness” 

Ipswich High School – Faith Powers, Grade 12 – “APH Penguin Podcast Logo”

Landmark School – Elijah Kline, Grade 10 – “Self-Portrait”

Lynn Classical High School – Aysit Tashkin, Grade 12 – “Bloom”

Lynn English High School – Judy Nao, Grade 12 – “Madness in my Pendant”

Marblehead High School – Sophie Ayers, Grade 10 – “Plight of the Bumblebees”

Newburyport High School – Katherine Mead, Grade 12 – “Morning Sun”

North Andover High School – Bryan Wu, Grade 10 – “Blurry Vision”

North Reading High School – Griffin May, Grade 11 – “Arugula”

Peabody Veterans Memorial High School – Alyssa Saraceni, Grade 12 – “On the Line”

St. John’s Preparatory School – Yuzhe Tian, Grade 10 – “In Perpetuity”

St. Mary’s School – Trish Dinh, Grade 11 – “Undefined Features”

Triton Regional High School – Allie Hawkes, Grade 12 – “Crash”

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