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U.S. Cellular, Mayor David Bowers and The Boys & Girls Clubs of SW Virginia Announce Black History Month Art Contest Winners

Roanoke/Christiansburg, Va. (March 6, 2014 )– Mayor David Bowers joined U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM) and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia to announce the winners of the Black History Month Art contest at a special ceremony at the club's Ninth Street location in Roanoke today. The contest, now in its seventh year, is designed to honor influential African-Americans and inspire students' creativity and knowledge of these heroes.

"I like this contest because it actively engages children in learning and expressing themselves while celebrating our diversity and culture," said Mayor David Bowers. "These children are the future rock stars, role models, inventers and innovators in our community, and you can't help but be inspired by their portraits every year."

Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia 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. This year the club received more than 300 entries from eight area clubs from which the top 10 finalists were chosen. The top 10 finalists' entries were on display at area U.S. Cellular stores where the public voted for their favorites during the month of February:

The winners are:

  • First Place – Christian Berry, an 8th Grader from Christiansburg Middle School won a $500 gift card for his portrait of Jackie Robinson.
  • Second Place – Tyshawn Walker, an 11th Grader from William Flemming High School won a $200 gift card for a portrait of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.
  • Third Place – Daniel Ettah, a 6th Grader from Woodrow Wilson Middle School won a $150 gift card for a portrait of Jackie Robinson.

"We are thrilled to join with the Southwest Virginia community each year to celebrate our rich heritage, culture and diversity," says Bertram Daniels, area sales manager for U.S. Cellular. "Our store associates have so much fun seeing the artwork and sharing it with community members that come in to vote."

"Companies such as U.S. Cellular help us promote active learning programs that provide hands on projects that children remember," said Laurie E. Gibbons, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia. "Each year the children look forward to this program, and they start preparing and researching who they might draw. In the past seven years, we've been able to impact almost 2,000 area children, and to me that is amazing!"

About U.S. Cellular
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About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia was incorporated in 1997, when it was known as The Boys & Girls Club of Roanoke Valley. Since then, Clubs throughout Roanoke and in the New River Valley have arisen with the support of the original Roanoke club at 9th Street in SE Roanoke. Together, the clubs now operate as a regional effort, working together to maximize resources and serve children. The organization is affiliated with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the nation's fastest growing youth development agency. Regionally, over 1,000 youth in the Roanoke and New River Valley areas have become members. Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia are committed to the positive development of quality after school and summer programs. For more information, please visit our site at www.bgcswva.org.

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

Katie Frey, Comm. Mgr, U.S. Cellular
Cell: (773) 355-3275
Katie.frey@uscellular.com