• Home

UHV awards scholarships to winners of Black History Month poster contest

Posted: Updated:

When choosing a subject for his poster, Brennen Gray looked up a website that features African American Purple Heart recipients.

“I wanted to do something about someone who had saved lives,” said Brennen, a 10-year-old Vickers Elementary School student. “I really wanted to show that a person’s race doesn’t have to matter. Anyone can help other people, and their skin color isn’t important.”

Brennen was awarded first place Friday during the Black History Month Poster Contest reception at the University of Houston-Victoria. He received a $2,000 UHV scholarship and a Victoria College summer camp voucher.

The theme for this year’s contest was African Americans in Times of War. Fifth-graders across Victoria Independent School District submitted 100 posters for the contest. The posters were judged by representatives from UHV, Victoria College and the Victoria Black History Steering Committee Inc.

“We love hosting this contest and ceremony because it’s such a great learning opportunity,” UHV President Vic Morgan said. “We received an impressive number of posters that featured some great work by these students. Every year, we’ve seen students explore different aspects of African American history, and their parents and teachers have learned by extension. It’s exciting to see that interest grow and be rewarded.”

Brennen’s poster featured Lt. Col. Archie “Joe” Biggers, who received the Silver Star and two Purple Hearts for his heroic actions in Vietnam.

“Even though he got shot, he went back to save others, and he made them get medical help first,” Brennen said. “When I first started researching him, I just got this spark in my mind. I wanted to learn more.”

Matthew Trenck, a student at Vickers Elementary School, was awarded second place for his poster titled “African Americans in Times of War: From Slavery to the End of Segregation.” He won a $1,000 scholarship and a VC summer camp waiver. Matthew was unable to attend the ceremony.

Third place went to Lola Rivera, a 10-year-old student at Schorlemmer Elementary School, for her poster about Civil War soldier Christian Fleetwood. She received a $500 scholarship and a VC summer camp waiver. She chose him from a list of possible poster subjects her teacher handed out.

“I thought he was really interesting because he won a Medal of Honor and carried the flag during a battle,” Lola said. “I was excited to win, especially because I received a scholarship.”

Honorable mention selections in the poster contest were:

·         Carlee Burow, William Wood Elementary School

·         Joseph DeLaGarza, Aloe Elementary School

·         Emma Hilliard, Schorlemmer Elementary School

·         Paige Ludwig, Vickers Elementary School

They received gift bags from UHV and VC.

The ceremony included remarks from Morgan, VC President David Hinds, and James Murphy Jr., president of the Victoria Black History Steering Committee Inc.

The posters will be on display through February in the UHV University Center, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St. To see a short video from the event, click here.

    • Texas News Minute

      The latest Texas news from The Associated Press
    • HTN Update: Police arrest Victoria man, seize shotgun and ammunition

      Happy Friday crossroads! I'm Newscenter 25's Amber Joseph with your Hometown News Update  The Victoria Police Department arrested a man on a burglary charge Wednesday morning. 

    • Coaches, AD react to growing college basketball corruption scandal

      According to a Yahoo Sports report Friday, players and family members allegedly received cash, entertainment and travel expenses from Andy Miller and his agency.  A balance sheet from December 2015 lists several payments under "Loan to Players," including $43,500 to Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith, who played at N.C. State last season.

    • Coast Guard interdicts lancha crews illegally fishing US waters

      CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Coast Guard law enforcement crews detected and interdicted Mexican lancha boat crews engaged in illegal fishing in federal waters off southern Texas, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. Coast Guard crews stopped two lanchas with a total of ten Mexican fishermen engaged in illegal fishing. The lanchas and 584 red snapper, totaling 2,814 lbs, were seized. The Mexican fishermen were detained and transferred to border enforcement agents for processing. “...
    • Victoria Police investigating crash; driver ran off

      Around 3:30 a.m. Friday morning. Victoria Police found a vehicle crashed into a pillar near the Victoria Mall. The driver was no where to be found. Authorities said it happened near Zac Lentz Parkway and Salem Road.  Officers checked with local hospitals to see if the driver needed care. 
    • Pet of the Week

      The Dorothy O'Connor Pet Adoption Center showcased two pets that need a forever home.  Ribbons is a charcoal Retriever, Lab, Terrier. She is five-months-old.  Our cat this week is Oliver. He is almost two-years-old. A small domestic short hair.  Click here for more.  Here's more on DOCPAC: Dorothy Hanna O’Connor Dorothy Hanna O’Connor (1907-1992), Victoria’s preeminent caregiver of dogs and cats, established Six Flags Humane Society in 1963 ...
    • Gov. Abbott Commutes Death Sentence Of Thomas Bartlett Whitaker

      AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation commuting the death sentence of Thomas Bartlett Whitaker following a unanimous decision by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. Thomas Bartlett Whitaker will now serve life in prison without the possibility of parole. Governor Abbott released the following statement: “As a former trial court judge, Texas Supreme Court Justice and Attorney General involved in prosecuting some of the most ...
    • Early voting numbers February 23

      REPUBLICAN Early voters in person today 263 Total early voters in person to date 750 Total ballots by mail requested to date 1300 Total ballots returned to date 733 Total early voters to date 1483 

    • GenTx Find Your Way to Pay Day

      As graduation season approaches, most seniors anticipate college. But money can often be a concern.  Victoria College, and the University of Houston-Victoria are partnering with gen-tex, to bring a free event to educate students and parents. 

    • Coast Guard, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi sign Memorandum of Agreement

      CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Coast Guard and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi officials signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) regarding cooperation in education and recruiting efforts Tuesday. Rear Adm. Paul Thomas, Eighth Coast Guard District commander, signed the MOA with Dr. Kelly M. Quintanilla, president and CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The agreement optimizes outreach and engagement for the Coast Guard’s recruiting efforts while assisting A&M-Corpus C...
Current Conditions