This year, the PRCUA Fraternal Department received nearly 300 entries for its Polish American Heritage Month Coloring Contest. This was a record number of entries submitted for the contest, which was open to all members from ages 3 to 18 years. Three winners in six age categories were selected during a blind judging by PRCUA Home Office employees. There were many beautiful entries, and our staff had some difficulty in choosing their favorites!
For the Polish-American Heritage Month Coloring Contest this October, we highlighted the current COVID-19 pandemic as our topic, in the hope of shedding a positive and uplifting light on it. The contest image shows the earth wearing the mask that has become the symbol of the pandemic. Representing the western hemisphere, there is a panorama of Chicago—the metropolis with the largest Polish population in America—and from the eastern hemisphere, Warszawa—the capital of Poland and sister city of Chicago.
Entrants were asked to color the picture in the spirit of a better tomorrow, choosing the patriotic colors of the Polish and American flags, or the hopeful colors of the rainbow – anything that would show our optimism of a brighter future as we navigate this difficult year together!
We wish to thank all the participants and congratulate the winners!
We especially recognize Elise Lubiarz of Warren, Michigan, who was our grand prize winner, and whose design is featured on this year’s PRCUA Christmas card.
Winners are featured in the December edition of the Naród Polski newspaper. Click here to view the digital edition.
(Scroll down for gallery of winning designs)
|Name||Age||PRCUA School||Society #|
|3-4 Year Olds|
|1st Place||Elizabetta "Ella" Krivickas||4||St. Rafael Kalinowski Polish School||693|
|2nd Place||Anthony Zarnowski||4||St. Rafael Kalinowski Polish School||693|
|3rd Place||Mary Lackaye||4||Zajączek Dance Ensemble||1618|
|5-6 Year Olds|
|1st Place||Anna Knurowski||6||Stanisław Cholewiński Polish School||1219|
|2nd Place||Nora Glaeser||6||Zajączek Dance Ensemble||1618|
|3rd Place||Aniela LaLinsky||6||Rogalin Dance Troupe||162|
|7-9 Year Olds|
|1st Place||Aleks Bastrzyk||9||1219|
|2nd Place||Olivia Wlodarczyk||9||St. Rafael Kalinowski Polish School||693|
|3rd Place||Sofia Schifano||9||St. John Paul II Polish School||1622|
|10-12 Year Olds|
|1st Place||Dominica Zyskowska||12||St. John Paul II Polish School||1597|
|2nd Place||Helena Lucas||10||Zajączek Dance Ensemble||1593|
|3rd Place||Jessica Slon||11||St. Rafael Kalinowski Polish School||693|
|13-15 Year Olds|
|1st Place||Aleksandra Wozniak||15||Maria Konopnicka Polish School, Wesoły Lud Dancers||1634|
|2nd Place||Meredith Bayus||14||Zajączek Dance Ensemble||1618|
|3rd Place||Beata Knurowski||14||Stanisław Cholewiński Polish School||1219|
|16-18 Year Olds|
|1st Place (tie)|
Grand Prize Winner
|Elise Lubiarz||17||Tatry Dance School||1413|
|1st Place (tie)||Karolina Gornikowski||16||St. John Paul II Polish School||1636|
|1st Place (tie)||Camillia Matyszewski||17||Opole Dancers||1593|
|2nd Place||Tessa McKnee||16||Halka Dancers||1618|
|5-6 Year Olds||Veronika Baczynski||6||St. John Paul II Polish School|
|7-9 Year Olds||Lucas Bukowski||8||Zbigniew Herbert Polish School|
|Alan Lojko||8||Zbigniew Herbert Polish School|
|Juliana Zagata||8||Jan Karski Polish School|
|10-12 Year Olds||Danuta Knurowski||11||Stanisław Cholewiński Polish School|
|Zofia Skobel||10||Jan Karski Polish School|
|Anna Stoch||12||Zbigniew Herbert Polish School|