News Release, Southern Maryland Association of Realtors

Hughesville, MD– On May 6th, The Southern Maryland Association of Realtors® (SMAR) Community Relations Committee hosted its annual Fair Housing Art & Essay Contest Reception, recognizing the winners of the annual Fair Housing Art and Essay Contests. Over 40 were present including the winners, parents, siblings, grandparents, teachers and even a principal. Each of the winners received a certificate and cash prize from SMAR President-Elect, Chris Hill.

Fair Housing Art Contest– Students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade were invited to create artwork based on a pre-determined Fair Housing theme determined by Maryland Realtors®. This year’s theme was“One America – Housing for All.”One winner was selected from EACH of these two grade categories in Southern Maryland: K-5 and 6-8. The two winners from the Southern Maryland region were submitted to the Maryland Realtors® state competition. During the state judging, eleven winners were featured in a Fair Housing publication published by Maryland Realtors®. The eleven winners were invited to a reception at the State House in Annapolis to meet the Governor. Congratulations to our local winners Brooklyn P. from St. Mary’s Bryantown (winner at state competition) and Jacob F. from Leonardtown Middle School.

Essay Contest– Third-grade students were invited to write an essay on the theme“What My Home Means to Me.” Essays are judged locally, and six winners are selected – two from each of the Southern Maryland Counties. Essay winners were invited to come up and read their essay’s aloud. Congratulations to Calvert County Winners Violet Klasko (1st Place) and Brooklyn Cunningham (2nd Place) from Our Lady Star of the Sea School, Charles County Winners Madisyn P. (1st Place) from Gale-Bailey Elementary School and Giuliana S. (2nd Place) from St. Mary’s Bryantown, and St. Mary’s County Winners Anna Tritschler (1st Place) and Sam Wathen (2nd Place) from Father Andrew White School.

“Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all the schools who participated,”said Terri Davis-Herbert, Community Relations Chair. She continues“We look forward to this contest each year and love seeing what the students create.”

The Southern Maryland Association of Realtors® is a trade organization dedicated to serving its members and the wider Southern Maryland community. We advocate for private property rights and ensure the high ethical and professional standards established by the National Association of REALTORS® are adhered to by our members. We offer our members dispute resolution, education, training, career advancement, advocacy, professional networking, and performance recognition.

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