Student Spotlight – Lily Colonna
girl with big pig lantern


Colonial Elementary School Fourth Grader Lily Colonna loves drawing pigs. With more than 50 pig pictures under her belt, she was a natural choice to be one of the three winners in the 2019 Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival Student Design Contest.

"Last year, the theme was Eagles, because they won the Super Bowl. This year, since it's the Year of the Pig, they did pigs," said Lily. "I didn't think I would win, but I like drawing pigs."

The award for the contest was that her drawing was made into one of the more than 1,500 lanterns at the festival.

"It was really cool to see it as a big lantern," she said.

As one of the three winners, Lily had the opportunity to help with the countdown to light all of the lanterns on the first night of the festival.

The Chinese Lantern Festival at Franklin Square in Historic Philadelphia is in its fourth year and runs through June 30. In addition to the lantern displays, the event also features cultural stage performances and Chinese folk art.