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 Date: February 14, 2011 Contact:  Paula Cobler, 361-570-4350

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Black History Month Poster Contest winners receive tuition scholarships


 

Winners of the Black History Month Poster Contest were honored with scholarship and plaques at a Friday night reception at the University of Houston-Victoria. From left are James Janecka, first place; Logan Lassman, second place; Taylor Guajardo, third place. Presenting the awards were Victoria College President Tom Butler and UHV Interim President Don Smith. (Photo by Kevin Jordan Photography)

The winners of the Black History Month Fifth-Grade Poster Contest were announced at a reception Friday at the University of Houston-Victoria.

Winning first prize, a $2,000 scholarship to UHV and two years of tuition to Victoria College, was James Janecka who attends DeLeon Elementary. His project was on heart surgery pioneer Vivien Thomas.

Logan Lassman, a student at Mission Valley Elementary School, won second prize for his poster on African-Americans in the medical field. Lassman won a $1,000 to scholarship to UHV or one year of tuition to VC.

Taylor Guajardo of Schorlemmer Elementary won third place for her poster on African-Americans in the medical field past and present. Guajardo won a $500 UHV scholarship and one semester of tuition to VC.

Winners of honorable mention awards, and their schools, were: Caleb Bednarczyk, Chandler Elementary; Jackson Dibble, Schorlemmer Elementary; Nickolas Hurt, Schorlemmer Elementary; and Alexander Valdes, Trinity Episcopal Elementary.

A total of 147 fifth-grade students in public and private schools, along with students that are home-schooled, submitted posters on the theme of African-Americans in the Medical Field. The posters were judged by a panel of community members on creative use of the theme, neatness, impact and accuracy.

Members of the community also were invited to vote for the Peopleís Choice Awards by picking their top three favorites. Votes were then tallied. Here is a list of Peopleís Choice Award winners and their elementary school:

1st, Alexis Whitt, Torres Elementary; 2nd, Payton Williams, Chandler Elementary; 3rd, Jacklyn DeLeon, Juan Linn Elementary; 4th, Vivica Doan-Phan, Chandler Elementary; 5th, Ty Williams, Schorlemmer Elementary; 6th, Corban Ramos, Smith Elementary; 7th, Elizabeth Creager, Torres Elementary; 8th, Kyle Korczynsla, DeLeon Elementary; 9th, Ethan Foxell, Vickers Elementary; 10th, Emily Lowery, Vickers Elementary.

Honorable mentions for the Peopleís Choice Award went to: Tori Garcia, Mission Valley; Reina Hingoranee, Aloe; John Atzenhoffer, Dudley.

All posters submitted to the contest will be on display in the UHV University Center, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St., throughout February during regular business hours.

UHV helps organize Black History Month events annually along with the Black History Month Steering Committee, Victoria College and the Cultural Council of Victoria.

 

 

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region, offers courses leading to more than 65 bachelorís and masterís degree programs and concentrations in the schools of Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Education & Human Development, and Nursing. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus as well as teaching sites in Fort Bend, Harris and Montgomery counties, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. Since its founding in 1973, UHV has provided students with a quality university education from excellent faculty at an affordable price.