CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - December 10, 2013) - The 20 winners in U.S. Cellular's (USM) 2013 Calling All Communities campaign were revealed today in a video that was posted on the company's website (uscellular.com). The winning schools garnered the most community votes and each won $25,000 to use as they wish to enhance their educational experience.
North Carolina topped the list with four winning schools. Iowa, Tennessee, and Wisconsin tallied three winners. Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas and West Virginia had one winner apiece to round out the list of 2013 champions.
More than 37,000 votes were cast during the 2013 campaign. Small schools with less than 50 students like Dubuque Lutheran School and Valley Lutheran High School engaged their local community as did large schools with more than 1,000 students like Brickey McCloud Elementary School and Hamilton High School. Of the winners, 14 are public schools and six are private schools. Fairview Elementary School in Auburn, Maine and Notre Dame Catholic School in Wichita Falls, Texas are the first ever Calling All Communities campaign winners in their states.
"We congratulate all the schools who were able to rally their local communities to support their efforts," said Dave Kimbell, executive vice president of sales and chief marketing officer for U.S. Cellular. "We can't wait to hear about how all the schools plan to use the winnings they worked so hard to earn."
Here are the 2013 Calling All Communities Champions, each winning $25,000:
Brickey McCloud Elementary School, Knoxville, Tenn.
Centennial Elementary School, Polo, Ill.
Dubuque Lutheran School, Dubuque, Iowa
Edison Elementary School, Appleton, Wis.
Fairview Elementary School, Auburn, Maine
Hamilton High School, Sussex, Wis.
Immaculate Conception St. Joseph School, Gilbertville, Iowa
McPherson Middle School, McPherson, Kansas
Notre Dame Catholic School, Wichita Falls, Texas
Powell Elementary School, Powell, Tenn.
Rosedale Elementary School, Oak Hill, W.Va.
Sunset Park Elementary School, Wilmington, N.C.
St. Joseph Cathedral School, Jefferson City, Mo.
Seymour Intermediate School, Seymour, Tenn.
St. Pius X/St. Leo School, Omaha, Neb.
Valley Lutheran High School, Cedar Falls, Iowa
Van Buren Elementary School, Janesville, Wis.
W Jesse Gurganus Elementary School, Havelock, N.C.
Williston Middle School of Math, Science and Technology, Wilmington, N.C.
White Oak Elementary School, Edenton, N.C.
Since the program began in 2008, U.S. Cellular has awarded $4.5 million to 76 schools across the country for them to use however they see fit to impact the education of students. For more information about U.S. Cellular and Calling All Communities, visit uscellular.com.
About U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular rewards its customers with unmatched benefits and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier has a strong line-up of cutting-edge devices that are all backed by its high-speed network that has the highest call quality of any national carrier. Currently, 81 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds and nearly 90 percent will have access by the end of 2013. U.S. Cellular was named a J.D. Power and Associates Customer Service Champion in 2012 for the second year in a row. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or uscellular.com. To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with U.S. Cellular on Facebook.com/uscellular, Twitter.com/uscellular and YouTube.com/uscellularcorp.