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

U.S. Cellular announced the winners of its third annual Black History Month Art Competition with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley at a celebration on March 5. The 10 finalists’ art was displayed in U.S. Cellular stores during the month of February, where the Knoxville-area community voted for their favorites. Club members created original artwork in honor of influential African-Americans, including business people, sports figures, historical figures and celebrities.

“The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley artwork created for this contest is always impressive, and we were thrilled to celebrate with the winners,” said Nathan Waddell, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Tennessee. “It’s the perfect opportunity to acknowledge the talent of our youth by commemorating African-American icons that have influenced the course of history while celebrating the diversity our country.”

U.S. Cellular announces the winners of its third annual Black History Month Art Competition with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley at a celebration at the Haslam Family Club University in downtown Knoxville on March 5. Pictured from left: U.S. Cellular’s Candice Champion; first-place winner Audrey Marquez; second-place winner Aysha Diarra; third-place winner Victoria Smith; U.S. Cellular vice president Tom Catani; and U.S. Cellular area sales manager Thomas White.

The winning artists were awarded the following prizes:

  • Audrey Marquez received $250 for 1st Place for her portrait of Thurgood Marshall
  • Aysha Diarra received $150 for 2nd Place for her portrait of Mae Jemison
  • Victoria Smith received $100 for 3rd Place for her portrait of Maya Angelou
  • A group of 11 students from the Vestal Boys & Girls Club also received a surprise prize for their collaborative work on a collage honoring civil right pioneer Claudette Colvin, each receiving a $40 gift card. The students included:
    • Cyrus Cruze
    • Olivia Cupp
    • Diego Gomez
    • Twilli Holiday
    • Brodie Kirkland
    • Honey Kirkland
    • Jazmyn Kirkland
    • Jamariasia Looney
    • Haiden Moore
    • Adrian Piggush
    • TJ Tipton

U.S. Cellular is committed to supporting K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. The company supports Boys & Girls Clubs of America through a $1 million-dollar donation and volunteering efforts.

No Purchase Necessary. Entrants who are minors must have parental consent to participate in the Contest. Official Contest Rules, including full entry details and Finalist and Winner selection criteria/voting are available by email request to the Media Contact named below.

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