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U.S. Cellular's Black History Month Art Contest Returns to Honor African-American Heroes

Local Residents Choose Winners by Viewing and Voting for Their Favorite Portraits Feb.3-28

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Jan. 22, 2014) – From Beyonce to President Barack Obama, Martin Luther King, Jr. to Rosa Parks, there have been many inspirational African-Americans throughout history. That's why U.S. Cellular is collaborating with the Mountaineer Boys & Girls Club in Morgantown on the sixth annual Black History Month Art Contest, which honors the many contributions of African-Americans and encourages young people to learn more about these influencers.

"U.S. Cellular is committed to providing educational opportunities for children to celebrate our rich and diverse culture," said Jack Brundige, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in the Mid-South. "Through this contest, we're able to celebrate and reward children in our local communities for their artwork and creativity, while simultaneously honoring a host of African-American leaders."

Mountaineer Boys & Girls Club members are encouraged to research and learn more about African-American role models and their important contributions to society. And then create and submit an original 8.5 x 11 portrait representing the figure of their choice using any art medium from any point in history, including present day.

The top 10 finalists' entries will be chosen by a panel from the Boys & Girls Club, and displayed at local U.S. Cellular stores, where the public will be invited to view and vote on the artwork from February 3 to 28. The top three artists – as determined by the number of votes – will receive prizes (including a $500 gift card) and recognition at an upcoming U.S. Cellular event.

"We're thrilled to be partnering with U.S. Cellular again to celebrate Black History Month. I'm confident that our students will enjoy the learning process involved in creating their portraits. We're excited to learn who makes an impression on our children, and to see how the children's interpretation of the goals and dreams these leaders made a reality comes through on paper," said Malina Alexander, assistant director of the Mountaineer Boys & Girls Club.

To learn more about this contest, visit U.S. Cellular stores in:

Morgantown – Sabraton, U.S. Cellular
1451 Earl Core Road, Morgantown, WV 26505
(304) 288-2655

Fairmont – U.S. Cellular
14 East Grafton Road, Fairmont, WV 26554
(304) 363-7881

Clarksburg – U.S. Cellular
150 Emily Drive, Clarksburg, WV 26301
(304) 622-2331

Morgantown – Granville, U.S. Cellular
4161 University Town Centre Dr., Morgantown, WV 26501 (304) 598-0232

For more information about the creation of the submissions or to see the ideation, or children's creative artwork in process contact the club at:

Mountaineer Boys & Girls Club
918 Fortney Street
Morgantown, WV 26505
(304) 292-7510

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 network that has the highest call quality of any national carrier. Currently, 81 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds and nearly 90 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.

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

Laura Lualhati, Comm. Mgr, U.S. Cellular
Office: 773-399-4849
laura.lualhati@uscellular.com