Blackville teen wins poster contest

  • Cheyanah Sims (third from left) was the state winner of the What Home Means to Me poster contest through the Housing Authority. Also pictured (from left) are Peggy Kirkland from the S.C. Regional Housing Authority #3, Sims’ mother Shemika Mays, and Robert Thomas with the SCRHA#3.

A Blackville-Hilda Middle School student’s creativity has earned her a statewide award.

Cheyanah Sims won first place from the Carolinas Council of Housing, Redevelopment and Codes Officials in the What Home Means to Me poster contest. The eighth grader lives at the Beaver Dam Complex in Blackville and is active in sports, including basketball and softball.

“I went by my imagination. I like to be creative,” said Sims, whose future aspirations include being a model, writer and artist.

Sims and her sister, Chynesah, have participated in the poster contest for several years. Entries are submitted to the S.C. Regional Housing Authority #3 in Barnwell before being sent to be judged on the state level which covers South and North Carolina.

“I’m a proud parent,” said Shemika Mays of her daughter’s award.

Robert Thomas, executive director of the S.C. Regional Housing Authority #3, said the goal of the contest is for students to be creative in explaining what home means to them. “It brings attention to the importance of home,” he said. “We are very proud of Cheyanah.”

Sims’ poster has now been sent to the national level, but they have not been notified whether it placed.