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Fifth annual Black History Month Art Contest kicks off

KNOXVILLE – Local U.S. Cellular associates joined Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley representatives on Jan. 22 to kick off the fifth annual Black History Month Art Contest. U.S. Cellular associates provided resources, and club members created original 8.5 x 11-inch pieces of artwork in recognition of influential African Americans, including historical figures, world leaders, athletes and celebrities. Ten finalists will be chosen and then displayed in U.S. Cellular stores in February, where the Knoxville community will be invited to vote for their favorites.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley members participated in Drawing Day on Jan. 22 for the fifth annual U.S. Cellular Black History Month Art Contest. The children created original pieces of artwork in recognition of influential African Americans. Ten finalists will be chosen with the artwork displayed at U.S. Cellular stores in February, and the Knoxville community can vote for their favorites. Participants, from left, included Ceresa Doss, 8, Pond Gap Elementary; Lucia Kelly, 9, Beaumont Magnet Academy; Alyciana Applin, 7, Inskip Elementary; Jordyn Mitchell, 8, Belle Morris Elementary; Sophia Kelly, 12, Vine Middle Magnet School; Tannin Beasley, 9, Beaumont Magnet Academy; and Marley Foster, 9, Beaumont Magnet Academy. Image submitted

“This contest is a fun and educational way to celebrate our country’s diversity, and we look forward to seeing the talent and creativity that the kids bring to their art,” said Nathan Waddell, U.S. Cellular’s director of sales for East Tennessee. “It’s great to team up with the Boys & Girls Clubs to showcase youth in honor of Black History Month.”

The 10 finalists’ artwork will be chosen by representatives from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley and local U.S. Cellular leaders based on creativity, quality, interpretation, clarity of theme and overall impression. Those creations will be displayed in select U.S. Cellular stores from Feb. 5-28, and anyone 18 and older is invited to visit a store and vote for their favorite. The top three vote-getters will be announced in March, and prizes include $250 for 1st Place, $150 for 2nd Place and $100 for 3rd Place.

Voting will take place in the following Knoxville-area U.S. Cellular stores:
• 2736 Schaad Road, Knoxville, TN 37921
• 7412 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
• 4873 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37918
• 11001 Parkside Drive, Knoxville, TN 37934
• 717 Louisville Road, Alcoa, TN 37701

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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Published January 28, 2020

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