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U.S. Cellular and the Mountaineer Boys & Girls Club Announce Return of Black History Month Art Contest

Public invited to vote for the top 10 drawings at area U.S. Cellular stores Feb. 4-28, 2013

MORGANTOWN (Feb. 1, 2013 – U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM) and Mountaineer Boys & Girls Club are pleased to announce the return of the Black History Month Art Contest which is now in its fifth year. The contest is designed to honor influential African-Americans and inspire students' creativity.

"We believe in partnering with the community to celebrate our county's rich culture, heritage and diversity," says Dana Dorcas, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in the Mid-Atlantic, "At U.S. Cellular we're about connecting people. By sharing the success of our heroes and role models, we can learn to build better futures for ourselves and our children."

Members of the Mountaineer Boys & Girls Club were invited to select an influential African-American and develop his or her likeness into an original 8.5 x 11 portrait using any art medium. From those submissions the Boys & Girls Clubs determined the top 10 finalists.

"Partnering with companies like U.S. Cellular help us provide programs that can help inspire our members to research, explore and express heroes through art," said Malina Alexander, director of operations, Mountaineer Boys & Girls Club.

In the past four years hundreds of club members have participated in the contest and the competition gets tougher every year. Last year's first place winner was Miah Kaehler from South Middle School in Morgantown who won for her portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama.

The top 10 finalists' entries will be on display Feb. 4-Feb. 28 at area U.S. Cellular stores in Morgantown, where the public can view and vote for their favorites. The public determines the winners based on the number of votes. The top three will win prizes, with first prize winning a $500 gift card, and will be announced at a special ceremony in March. Voting will take place at the following locations:

U.S. Cellular – Granville (Star City)
4121 University Town Centre Dr., Ste. B7
Granville, WV 26501
304-598-0232
Store Hours: M-F 10 - 8; SA 10-7; Sun 12-5

U.S. Cellular – Sabraton
1451 Earl Core Rd.
Morgantown, WV 26505
304-288-2655
Store Hours: M-F 9 - 9; Sat 10-7; Sun 12-5

About U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular rewards its customers with unmatched benefits and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier has a strong line-up of cutting-edge devices that are all backed by its high-speed nationwide network that has the highest call quality of any national carrier. Currently, 58 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds and 87 percent will have access by the end of 2013. U.S. Cellular was named a J.D. Power and Associates Customer Service Champion in 2012 for the second year in a row. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or uscellular.com. To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with U.S. Cellular on Facebook.com/uscellular, Twitter.com/uscellular and YouTube.com/uscellularcorp.

About the Mountaineer Boys & Girls Club
In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them.

Boys & Girls Clubs offer that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, sefulness, belonging and influence. Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. They are truly The Positive Place For Kids. For more information about the Mountaineer Boys & Girls Club visit www.mbgclub.org.

For more information:
Melissa Watkins
PR Counsel
804-402-5316
melissawatkins@comcast.net

Katie Frey, U.S. Cellular
773-355-3275
Katie.Frey@uscellular.com