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6,000 Students Participate in Poster Arts Contest Sponsored by The Links, Incorporated
Washington, DC (September, 2006). Walking Fete: Make Health a Habit! was the theme for the 2005-2006 Poster Art Contest sponsored by The Links, Incorporated. The contest involved 144 chapters sharing the importance of exercise, eating healthy and watching their weight with over 6,000 students. Marcia White, National Director of The Links Arts Facet, who previously served as National Chair, Poster Art Contest, received submissions from more than half of the organization’s 273 chapters located in 42 states, the District of Columbia, Nassau, Bahamas, Frankfurt, Germany and South Africa.
Chairpersons of Arts Committees within the four areas served by The Links, include Lisa Simmons (Eastern Area), Lynette Murphy (Central Area), Jemmie Hawkins (Southern Area), and Harriet Kelley (Western Area). These Area Chairpersons, and committee member Whitnei Anderson, worked diligently to obtain these outstanding responses. Lorethea Davis, Acting Executive Director of The Links Foundation, Incorporated was instrumental in supporting this endeavor.
The Poster Art Contest Premiere National Exhibition took place at the 35th National Assembly in Philadelphia which was designed and executed by K. Joy Peters, Vice National Chair, Poster Art Contest. Seventeen Area winners received $500 scholarships and four National winners received $1,000 scholarships. The posters were judged on Saturday, May 13, 2006 on Long Island, New York to determine the four National winners. “This cooperative effort clearly demonstrates that the women of The Links, Incorporated understand the concept of promoting the common good by providing life-changing options for young people of African ancestry within our communities. Congratulations to the winners,” said Ms. White.
The Links, Incorporated, founded in 1946, is one of the oldest and largest volunteer service organization of women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. The Links, Inc. has a membership of over 11,000 professional women of color. Since its founding, the organization has contributed more than 22 million dollars to charitable causes.
National Winners of the Poster Art Contest
Category 1- Grades 1-3
Joseph Clark, Arlington Chapter (VA) Christian Jordan, Pine Bluff Chapter (AR) also National winner Von Thomas, Greenville Chapter (SC) Margaux Jones, San Bernardino Chapter (CA)
Category 2 - Grades 4-6
Theodore Fuller, Metro-Manhattan Chapter (NY) also National winner Demonshoe Glover, Oakland County Chapter (MI) Terry Bland, Northern Indiana Chapter (IN) Marqui Burr, Dogwood City Chapter (GA) Daisy Villegas, Trinity Chapter (TX)
Category 3 - Grades 7-9
Alaysia Mickens, Greater Hudson Valley Chapter (NY) Desirea Williams, Northern Indiana Chapter (IN) also National winner Quinton E. Sheard, Orangeburg Chapter (SC) Philomena Baldwin, Golden Triangle (TX)
Category 4 - Grades 10-12
Marcus Norwood Johnson, Philadelphia Chapter
(PA) Chelsey Woods, Springfield Chapter (OH) Dina Rodriguez, Ft. Lauderdale
Chapter (FL) also National winner Brianna Kniep, Town Lake Chapter (TX)