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U.S. Cellular sponsors Black History Month art contest

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Ungela Cousar, top right, sales manager for the U.S. Cellular store on Jeffreys Road, talks to Iyana Harrison, 8, left, about her artwork on Feb. 1, 2017, with Kimora Davis, 9, second from left, Durrell Martin, 8, center, and Quatavius Jones, 8, during the kickoff for the annual Black History Month Art Contest at the store.

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From Staff Reports

Monday, February 5, 2018

The top 10 drawings from U.S. Cellular’s Annual Black History Month Art Competition with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region are now on display in area retail stores.

Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region were encouraged to create an original 8.5 x 11-inch piece of artwork in tribute of an influential African American. As they did so, they explored the accomplishments and contributions of these key figures as they researched their subjects.

The work by the young artists, ranging in ages from 9 to 18, were selected by representatives of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region and will be on display through Feb. 28 at the U.S. Cellular stores at 1440 Jeffreys Road and 2520 Sunset Ave. 

The artwork focuses on a wide range of people, including performers, athletes, activists and politicians. Ten finalists were selected from among the artworks entered, and these works will be judged by the general public.

Ronald Jackson, who manages both U.S. Cellular stores in Rocky Mount, said the store supports the art contest because it offers benefits to the students and the community.

“This gives us a chance to highlight the art of these students, celebrate diversity and help these students learn something in the process,” Jackson said.

U.S. Cellular is inviting members of the public ages 18 and older to come by and view the artwork during the month and to vote for their favorite young artists. Three winners will be chosen based on the voting results and will be announced in early March. The first-place winner will get a debit gift card with a value of $250; second- and third-place winners will receive cards valued at $150 and $100 respectively.

“You don’t have to be a U.S. Cellular customer to vote,” Jackson said. “We just want as many people as possible to vote.”

U.S. Cellular is the fifth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier offers a wide range of communication services that enhance consumers’ lives, increase the competitiveness of local businesses and improve the efficiency of government operations.

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