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Weekend edition March 01, 2024 | Katelyn Keenehan

Tech entrepreneur visits Knoxville students for Black History Month Art Contest

The competition invited members of the Boys & Girls Clubs to showcase their artistic talents and engage the community through an online platform where the public could cast their votes for their favorite pieces of artwork.

In a celebration of creativity and cultural significance, UScellular proudly announced the recipients of its 9th Annual Black History Month Art Contest in collaboration with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley.

The competition, which invited members of the Boys & Girls Clubs to showcase their artistic talents, engaged the community through an online platform where the public could cast their votes for their favorite pieces of artwork. The winning artists from each club were honored with gift cards as tokens of appreciation for their dedication and creativity.

The talented winners from Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley were awarded gift cards in recognition of their outstanding contributions:

  • First Place: Naomi Reiter, recipient of a $250 gift card
  • Second Place: Braydyn Bolton, recipient of a $150 gift card
  • Third Place: Yarett Garcia, recipient of a $100 gift card
Tech entrepreneur Angela Benton (Left) with moderator and BGCTNV Youth of the Year JoRissa Wright (right) speaks to students at Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley about why representation matters, careers in STEM and following your instincts.

Bart McFadden, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley, expressed his gratitude for the partnership with UScellular and the opportunity to commemorate Black History Month by celebrating the achievements of Black STEM icons. He commended the club members for their inspiring artwork and congratulated all participants and winners for their exceptional contributions to this year’s contest.

Participants in the Boys & Girls Clubs were encouraged to create original pieces of artwork that honored influential Black STEM icons, including historical figures, world leaders, scientists, and educators who have significantly impacted the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.

From a pool of talented submissions, ten finalists were meticulously chosen by representatives from Boys & Girls Clubs and local UScellular leaders. Their selections were based on criteria such as creativity, quality, interpretation, clarity of theme, and overall impression. The finalists’ artwork was prominently displayed in select stores, inviting the public to appreciate and engage with the diverse expressions of artistic talent.

Furthermore, the students also enjoyed a visit from tech entrepreneur and STEM icon Angela Benton. She was also the subject of the winning drawing. Benton shared her story during a panel led by Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley Youth of the Year JoRissa Wright.

Naomi Reiter, first place winner of the 9th annual UScellular Black History Month Art Contest at Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley, poses with tech entrepreneur and subject of her artwork Angela Benton.

Since 2009, UScellular has remained committed to supporting communities nationwide, investing over $47 million in monetary donations, technology resources, and valuable experiences for nonprofit organizations.


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