Springfield, MO— US Cellular announced the three winners of its 6th annual Black History Month Art Contest with Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield at a celebration at the club.
Public voting for the finalists’ art was available online, and the winning artists were awarded gift cards in the following amounts:
• Ayonna Cheek received $250 for 1st Place for the portrayal of Neil deGrasse Tyson
• Abby Henderson received $150 for 2nd Place for the portrayal of Mae Jemison
• Mariah E. received $100 for 3rd Place for the portrayal of George Washington Carver
In recognition of influential Black STEM icons, Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield members were encouraged to create original pieces of artwork of important historical figures, world leaders, scientists, and educators who have made vital contributions to the world of STEM.
“Working with Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield to celebrate Black History Month and to highlight the achievements of Black STEM icons such as Marie M. Daly, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Mae Jemison, and George Washington Carver has been extremely gratifying,” said Mark Bennett, store manager for US Cellular in Springfield. “The creativity that Club members displayed in their artwork was inspiring and we congratulate our participants and winners in this year’s contest.”
Since 2009, the company has donated more than $22.6 million along with countless experiences and technology items to nonprofit organizations across the country. Additionally, through its After School Access Project, US Cellular has pledged up to $13 million in hotspots and service to help up to 50,000 youth connect to reliable internet in its markets.
By Melesha Bailey, UniteNews Contributing Writer In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s easy to lose sight of our most important relationship –