Washington Club Youth Named National Winner in US Cellular Art Contest

UScellular, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain Washington Club Announces Winners of Tenth Annual Black History Month Art Contest in Washington and Surprises One Artist with National Win

WASHINGTON, N.C. (February 27, 2024) – Mayor Donald Sadler joined UScellular associates to reveal the winners of its tenth annual Black History Month Art Contest with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain Washington Unit in Washington.

Public voting for the finalists’ art was available online, and the winning artists from each Club were awarded gift cards. The winning artists from Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain Washington Unit were awarded gift cards in the following amounts:

• Roemello B. received $250 for 1st Place
• Kayleigh H. received $150 for 2nd Place
• Mackenzie G. received $100 for 3rd Place

In addition, Roemello B. from Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain Washington Unit was one of the top three first-place submissions with the most votes from all participating Clubs and was named a national winner. Roemello B. received an additional $250, bringing his total winnings to $500, while Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain also received a $1,500 donation.

“We at Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain are appreciative of US Cellular for their ongoing partnership and their work empowering our youth through the Black History Month art contest,” said Kimberly Reaves, Chief Operating Officer for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain. “This collaboration not only fosters creativity but also instills pride and recognition of Black heritage within our Clubs, inspiring our youth to embrace their cultural identities and celebrate diversity. We are thrilled that one of our Club members was a top national vote-getter, exemplifying the incredible talent and potential within our community.”

Boys & Girls Club members were encouraged to create original pieces of artwork representing influential Black STEM icons. These included historical figures, world leaders, scientists and educators who have made vital contributions to the world of science, technology, engineering and math.

Ten finalists were chosen by representatives from the Boys & Girls Club based on creativity, quality, interpretation, clarity of theme and overall impression. Public voting for the finalists was made available online throughout the month of February and the finalists’ artwork was digitally displayed in UScellular’s Washington location at 875 W. 15th St.

Since 2009, UScellular has invested more than $47 million in monetary donations, technology resources and countless experiences to nonprofit organizations across the country. For more information about UScellular’s corporate social responsibility initiatives, please go to newsroom.uscellular.com/community.

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