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Black History Month Art winners announced

black history month art winners
U.S. Cellular and the Boys & Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley announced the winners of the Black History Month art contest today. Pictured left to right are Dan Brown, Knoxville city councilman; Caleah Flemmings, first place winner in the U.S. Cellular Black History Month art contest; Noah Jones, second place winner of the U.S. Cellular art contest; and Thomas White, area sales manager in Tennessee for U.S. Cellular.

U.S. Cellular and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley announced the winners of the Black History Month Art contest at a special ceremony at the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Northwest Middle School location. The contest, which is in its first year in Tennessee, is designed to honor influential African-Americans and inspire students’ creativity and knowledge of these heroes.

The winners are:
• First Place – Caleah Flemmings, $250 Visa gift card
• Second Place – Noah Jones, $150 Visa gift card
• Third Place – Erica Cooper, $100 Visa gift card

“Our store associates in Knoxville loved sharing the artwork with our customers and other community members that came in to vote,” said Nathan Waddell, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Tennessee. “This contest is a wonderful way to praise the rich history of culture and diversity here in East Tennessee and across our country.”

Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley were invited to select an influential African-American and develop his or her likeness into an original 8.5-inch by 11-inch portrait using any art medium. The top 10 finalists were chosen by a panel of judges. The finalists’ entries were on display at area U.S. Cellular stores in Knoxville, where the public voted for their favorites during the month of February:

”U.S. Cellular is a tremendous partner for our organization that allows us to offer programs like this that promote opportunities for children to learn about history and become engaged in the learning process at the same time,” said Scott Bacon, chief development officer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley. “We appreciate U.S. Cellular’s support of our kids and community.”

Published March 12, 2016

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