SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Three children from the Boys and Girls Club of Springfield won prizes for their artwork in the UScellular’s 5th Annual Black History Art Contest.
Public voting for the finalists’ art took place online, and the winning artists received gift cards.
Unlike previous years, participants were encouraged to create their original works of art in recognition of influential black STEM icons. These types of icons include historical figures, world leaders, scientists, and educators.
“It was amazing to see the creativity and the wide range of inspirations used by Club members to create their art,” said Eric Stuckemeyer, UScellular store manager in Springfield. “We are thrilled to be able to team up with Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield to celebrate Black History Month and shine a light on the STEM accomplishments of these black icons. We express our gratitude for all submissions and congratulate our winners.
Third place went to Lexi J., she got $100 for her marker drawing of Bass Reeves.
Second place and $150 went to Kyumi R. for drawing an image of Zora Neale Hurston.
First up, with a grand total of $250 in gift card money, is Sam H. who chose to do a drawing of Dr. Marie M. Daly.
“We are so grateful for this opportunity to partner with UScellular to not only showcase the artistic side of our members, but also for our members to learn and honor their favorite historical Black STEM figures,” said Niki Kiruki, Director programs and prevention for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield.