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 People’s Choice Awards by picking their top three favorites. Votes were then tallied. Here is a list of People’s 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 People’s 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 since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Ken Cooke 361-570-4342