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Mayor Bowers & U.S. Cellular Announce Roanoke Boys and Girls Club Black History Month Art Contest Winners

Three Area Students Awarded Savings Bonds for Winning Submissions

ROANOKE, Va., March 6, 2009 - Mayor David Bowers joined U.S. Cellular Thursday at a ceremony to announce the winners of the Roanoke Boys & Girls Club Black History Month Art Competition.

For the February Black History Month Contest, school students who are members of three area boys and girls clubs submitted original artwork recognizing distinguished African Americans. Entries ranged from business people and sports figures, to historical icons and celebrities. The public voted for the top three artists who were awarded savings bonds.

    The winners were:

  • 1st place: Hannah Sowers who received a $500 U.S. Savings for her portrait of Tiger Woods.

  • 2nd place: Claudia Rojas was awarded a $200 U.S. Savings bond for her President Barack Obama artwork.

  • 3rd place: Kayla Bush won a $150 U.S. Savings bond for her Harriet Tubman piece.
"Recognizing talented children in our city is one of the best parts of my job," said Mayor Bowers. "Our community can be proud of these creative and gifted artists. It is nice to be able to celebrate with these young people the significance of African Americans to the history and culture of America."

Dee Taylor, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in the Mid-Atlantic, also was impressed with the dynamic contest entries. "All of the children did an amazing job and represent the true wealth of talent in this community. We are proud to support the Boys & Girls Club of Roanoke Valley and to recognize these phenomenal young artists."

The 8,700 associates of U.S. Cellular believe a wireless phone enhances people's lives and a wireless company should be in the business of bringing people together. U.S. Cellular has a wide range of monthly plans, including those with unlimited nationwide calling, unlimited free incoming calls and options to prepay. The company has a growing catalog of phones like the BlackBerry® Pearl and Curve, and the touch-screen Samsung Delve, which offer e-mail and Web access. Based in Chicago, U.S. Cellular is the nation's fifth-largest full-service wireless carrier, serving 6.2 million customers across the country. To learn more about the company visit one of its retail stores or uscellular.com

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia was incorporated in 1997, when it was known as The Boys & Girls Club of Roanoke Valley. Regionally, over 3,000 youth in the Roanoke, New River Valley, and Martinsville areas have become members. Together, the clubs now operate as a regional effort, working together to maximize resources and serve children.