TAHLEQUAH — After a public vote, Lyllyann Howard, a recent sophomore at Tenkiller School in Welling, has been selected as the winner of the 2022 Cherokee Phoenix Student Art Competition.
Howard received 425 votes during an online voting period that ran May 16-31.
She will receive a $100 gift card and her design will be featured on promotional items available during Cherokee National Day 2022.
In its third year of the contest, the Cherokee Phoenix asked students in grades one through eight to draw and submit their interpretations of the iconic Cherokee Phoenix logo.
“The Cherokee Phoenix Student Art Contest was created not only to give students in grades one through eight the opportunity to express their artistic abilities, but also to educate them about the history of our newspaper and thus, hopefully get students interested in newspapers in general,” said editor Tyler Thomas.
Howard said that after looking at what the phoenix bird looked like, she chose the colors red, orange and yellow for her rendition of a phoenix.
“I was looking at phoenixes and a lot of them had fire on them,” she said. “Some of the feathers that came off had flame colors. I used colored pencils and underlined it with a black marker.
She said her family was delighted to hear that she had won the competition.
“I’ve never won anything before,” Howard said.
All entries had to be original, hand-crafted work with no tracing, photography or computer-generated illustration.
“This is the third year we’ve held this student art competition,” Thomas said. “Our staff have been blown away with the creativity and capability over the past few years and this year has been no different.”
In 2021, Dakohtah Jordan won the Cherokee Phoenix student art competition after receiving 359 of 1,401 votes cast online.
Full disclosure: Lyllyann Howard is the daughter of Cherokee Phoenix staffer Terris Howard. Entries were kept anonymous during the staff voting portion of the contest.