MORGANTOWN – U.S. Cellular and Mountaineer Boys & Girls Club are pleased to announce the return of the Black History Month Art Contest. This is the fourth year for the contest that is designed to honor influential African-Americans and inspire students’ creativity.
“We believe in partnering with the community to celebrate our county’s rich culture, heritage and diversity,” says Dana Dorcas, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in the Mid-Atlantic, “At U.S. Cellular we’re about connecting people. By sharing the success of our heroes and role models, we can learn to build better futures for ourselves and our children.”
Members of the Mountaineer Boys & Girls Club selected an influential African-American and developed his or her likeness into an original 8.5 x 11 portrait using any art medium. From those submissions the Boys & Girls Clubs determined the top 10 finalists.
“Partnering with companies like U.S. Cellular help us provide programs that can help inspire our members to research, explore and express heroes through art,” said Malina Alexander, director of operations, Mountaineer Boys & Girls Club.
In the past three years hundreds of club members have participated in the contest, and the competition gets tougher every year. Last year’s first place winner was Miah Kaehler from South Middle School in Morgantown who won for her portrait of first lady Michelle Obama.
The top 10 finalists’ entries will be on display through February 28 at area U.S. Cellular stores in Morgantown, where the public can view and vote for their favorites. The winner will be determined by the number of votes each submission receives. The top three will win prizes, with first prize winning a $500 gift card, and will be announced at a special ceremony in March.
You can vote for your favorite at the following locations at the U.S. Cellular in Granville or the U.S. Cellular in Sabraton