Black History Month Poster Contest winners receive free tuition

Yazen Hamoudah of Schorlemmer Elementary School, left, won first place in the Black History Month Fifth-Grade Poster Contest. Other winners announced Friday night at the University of Houston-Victoria were Samantha Beck of DeLeon Elementary, who won second place; and Devin Smiga of Smith Magnet Elementary, who won third place.

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

Winning first prize, which included two years of tuition at UHV and two years at The Victoria College, was Yazen Hamoudah, a student at Schorlemmer Elementary School. He did a poster on a variety of famous African-American firsts, inventors and politicians.

Samantha Beck, a student at DeLeon Elementary School, won second place for her poster on Mary McLeod Bethune, an educator, author and political activist. She won a year of free tuition from VC and UHV.

Devin Smiga of Smith Magnet Elementary School won third place for his poster about Blanche Kelso Bruce, who was the first African-American elected to a full term in the U.S. Senate in 1874. Smiga won one free semester from VC and UHV.

Winners of honorable mention awards and their schools are as follows: Stephanie Skoruppa, Chandler Elementary; Danielle Hasjar, Chandler Elementary; Matthew Parsons, Vickers Elementary; and Ashley Bowland, Mission Valley Elementary.

The four students received prize bags from UHV and the Cultural Council of Victoria.

A total of 155 students submitted posters on the theme of African-Americans in Politics. The posters were then judged by a panel of community members on creative use of the theme, neatness, impact and accuracy of the information.

All posters submitted to the contest are on public 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 Victoria College, Cultural Council of Victoria and the Black History Month Steering Committee.

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.

Thomas Doyle 361-570-4342