Delaware Nation member and U.S. Grant High School student, Lilyanna Rangel, entered into the 38th Annual Congressional Art Competition for Ward 5 and won for her piece “Maya Angelou’s Word” which is a charcoal and watercolor painting. It was Lily’s first time ever attempting a watercolor painting. Her work of art is in tribute to Ms. Angelou’s poem “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” in which Lily relates to the struggle of equality for minority women in present day. The charcoal outside the cage, which is a window to a bright colorful world, represents limitations and lower expectations placed on minority women — the caged bird. Outside the window is a, limitless, beautiful and accepting world in which the free bird exists where we are all treated equal. Southwest Airlines flew Lily and her mother to Washington D.C. and back in partnership with the Arts Council. Lily was also presented a 3 year scholarship to The Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA. Congratulations on your achievement!

Lily’s 38th Annual Congressional Art Competition for Ward 5 winning piece “Maya Angelou’s Word”

Kendra Horn presenting Lily with the Outstanding Achievement Award

Lily posing for a photo in front of her award winning painting

Above is a photo of Lilyanna’s Billboard in honor of her great achievement