Winners of U.S. Cellular's annual Black History Month art competition announced

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV) — Three Morgantown area students were named winners of the U.S. Cellular's 10th annual Black History Month art competition.

Artwork by Olivia Hill

The winners were surprised at the Mountaineer Boys and Girls Club on Thursday.

To enter the competition, students create original artwork in honor of influential African-Americans, including business people, sports figures, historical figures and celebrities.

In first place was South Middle School student, Olivia Hill. She received $500 for a portrait of Michael Jackson.

"It feels good," she said. "We do this every year and I've entered a few times but never quite won."

Sydney Fogleman from North Elementary got $200 for her portrait of Martin Luther King Junior.

She entered because, "I knew that I was good at drawing so I decided, 'why not?' It feels good." As for the prize, she doesn't know how she'll spend it.

The third place winner was Noah Spransy from Morgantown Learning Academy. He also drew a portrait of MLK Jr. and took home $150.

"I just took a lot of time on it. Every time they've done this, I was very excited to see if I'd get it," he said of previous years. "But this one, I felt, a little bit older so I tried a lot harder. I feel it paid off."

These three were chosen by community members. The work of the top 10 finalists was displayed last month at U.S. Cellular stores for the public to vote.