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Elementary students win prizes for art

Elementary students win prizes for art

March 10th, 2018 by Joe Gamm in Local News

Breyanna McNeese, 11, right, receives a hug from her sister Brandy McNeese, 12, Friday after she won first place in the Boys & Girls Club Black History Month Portrait contest at the Boys & Girls Club.

Photo by Emil Lippe /News Tribune.

Six hundred dollars in prize money was up for grabs when more than 100 elementary school students from across Jefferson City submitted entries for U.S. Cellular's 2018 Black History Month Art Contest.

The 8.5-by-11-inch creations recognize influential African-American historic figures, business leaders, sports participants, activists and celebrities.

The envelope please.

And the winners were:

Breyanna McNeese, an 11-year-old fifth-grader who drew Rosa Parks.

"I'm inspired by what she did when she didn't give up her seat," Breyanna said.

Her sister, 12-year-old Brandy McNeese, took third place for her drawing of Serena Williams.

"I chose Serena because she's smart, she's beautiful and she's talented," Brandy said. "It took me so many tries (to perfect the drawing)."

In late January, judges chose 10 finalists from the entries. The Jefferson City U.S. Cellular store displayed the finalists during February. Nearly 100 customers voted for their favorites, according to Nakeita Stewart, director of sales for U.S. Cellular.