Cherokee Phoenix art contest T-shirt on sale

BY STAFF REPORTS
09/12/2020 12:00 PM
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Cherokee Nation citizen and Stilwell Middle School eighth grader Ryley Hummingbird’s winning design from the Cherokee Phoenix Student Art Contest is now available on a heather grey T-shirt for $20 plus tax. JOSH FOURKILLER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Cherokee Nation citizen and Stilwell Middle School eighth grader Ryley Hummingbird’s winning design from the Cherokee Phoenix Student Art Contest is now available on a heather grey T-shirt for $20 plus tax. JOSH FOURKILLER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Phoenix is now selling its student art contest winner T-shirt designed by Ryley Hummingbird, a Cherokee Nation citizen and eighth grader at Stilwell Middle School.


The Cherokee Phoenix earlier this year asked students in grades first through eighth to draw and submit their interpretations of the Cherokee Phoenix banner. Hummingbird’s design was one of two for the seventh-grade entry because of a tie. The public then voted her concept as the winning design during an online voting period.


“My family encouraged me to enter the contest, and basically, they are like, my biggest fans,” Hummingbird said. “When I found out I won it made me happy because I have never won anything like this before, so basically I’m happy that everyone loves my drawing.” 


For winning the contest, she received a $100 gift card and her design on a youth T-shirt that is now on sale. Sizes range from adult S to 3XL and youth medium. The shirts cost $20 plus tax. They can be purchased at the Cherokee Phoenix office located in the Annex Building (Old Motel) on the Tribal Complex, or call 918-453-5269 to order.


The contest’s other finalists were Gordon Bryan, first grade, homeschool; Brexton Davis, second grade, Dahlonegah Public School; Coleton Green, third grade, Dahlonegah Public School; Alexxus Bolin, fourth grade, Brushy Public School; Landon Clawson, fifth grade, Dahlonegah Public School; Aayushi Patel, sixth grade, Sallisaw Middle School; Emma Carter, seventh grade, Sallisaw Middle School; and Brooks Jackson, eighth grade, Sallisaw Middle School.


“The Cherokee Phoenix Art Contest was created as a way to not only give students in first through eighth grade an opportunity to express their artistic ability, but also make them aware of our publication and begin the process of getting the students interested in newspapers,” Executive Editor Tyler Thomas said. “In our contest’s first year, we wanted to keep it simple and have the students use their creativity to redesign our iconic Cherokee Phoenix banner that is seen atop each issue we publish.”



All entries had to be hand-drawn. No tracing, photography or computer-generated artwork was accepted, and only one submission per student was allowed. 

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