Local Students Recognized for Winning Fair Housing Art & Essay Contests

2018 Fair Housing Art & Essay Contest Reception

For Immediate Release: May 8, 2018

Southern Maryland Association of Realtors® (SMAR)
8440 Old Leonardtown Rd, Ste 211 Hughesville, MD 20637

Hughesville, MD - On May 7th, 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 50 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, Kathy Lee Suite.

Fair Housing Poster 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 “Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act.” One winner was selected from EACH of these three grade categories in Southern Maryland: K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. The three winners from the Southern Maryland region were submitted to the Maryland Realtors® state competition.  During the state judging, fourteen winners were featured in a Fair Housing publication published by Maryland Realtors®.  The fourteen winners were invited to a reception at the State House in Annapolis to meet the Governor. Congratulations to our local winners Melanie M. from Our Lady Star of the Sea, Jacklyn Miller from Southern Middle School (winner at state competition), and Elise Bailey from Northern 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 Madison H. (1st Place) and Kaleb Smith (2nd Place) from Our Lady Star of the Sea School, Charles County Winners Meredith Vincent (1st Place) and DeLonte’ Cox (2nd Place) from St. Mary’s Bryantown, and St. Mary’s County Winners Carely Greenwell (1st Place) and Grace Robusto (2nd Place) from Father Andrew White School.

“Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all the schools who participated,” said Terrie Leonard, 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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2018 Fair Housing Art Contest Theme:
“Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act”

MelanieM

Melanie M.
Category: Grades K - 5 
Our Lady Star of the Sea
Teacher: Ms. Quade

JMiller

Jacklyn Miller*
Category: Grades 6 - 8
Southern Middle School
Teacher: Ms. Moller

*Winner at Maryland REALTORS®

EBailey

Elise Bailey
Category: Grades 9 - 12
Northern High School
Teacher: Ms. Rizzo

My home makes me think of my family. My home is full of joy. Some people do not have a home so I am very thankful. My home is very warm and cozy. In my home we have a money jar and we put a dollar in each week. When I think of home it makes me happy, I think of love, peace and joy. I have two sisters, their names are Emma and Alyana. I have five people in my home; my mom, my sisters, my stepdad and me. The reason why I did not mention my dad is because he passed away. Sometimes I think of all the people that have a dad, but God blessed me with a good family and home.
Madison H., 1st Place Calvert County
Our Lady Star of the Sea School, Teacher: Ms. Quade

Home is where I feel safe and comfortable. Home is where I feel the most loved. Home is where I get the most hugs and kisses. Home is where I can cuddle with my animals. Home is where I can get quiet time when needed. Home is where memories are made. Home is where family comes together. Home is where you enjoy Holiday dinners. Home is where we get the best meals. Home is where I make mistakes. Home is where I learn life lessons. Home is where I get the best advice. Home is where I get the most encouragement. Home is where I get the best sleep. Home is where my heart is.  I thank God everyday for a place to call home.
Kaleb Smith, 2nd Place Calvert County
Our Lady Star of the Sea School, Teacher: Ms. Quade

My home is special to me because my home is the place I grew up in and made good memories. I had my birthday parties there. That is where I taught my birds to sit on my shoulder. My home is very cozy, comforting, and cheerful. My home is loving, caring and happy. It is a place to lay my head and rest.
Meredith Vincent, 1st Place Charles County
St. Mary’s Bryantown, Teacher: Mrs. Gardner

My home has shelter for my family. I love my family and my family’s house. We take good care of it. Sometimes my brother and I wreck, but we get it fixed. We have everything we need there. I think we have three stories. My home has a lot of space so we can store a lot of stuff for the holidays. My home is very messy, but I still love it.  I love my home so much.
DeLonte’ Cox, 2nd Place Charles County
St. Mary’s Bryantown, Teacher: Mrs. Gardner

My home means the world to me. A house is just some bricks but a home is a family making memories. Also, a house is just a place where you sit but a home is a place where you cuddle and snuggle with your family. A house is just a boring place but a home is a place with games and fun. A home is a place where you have holidays. On Christmas morning my brother and I try to find the Christmas pickle and open the first gift. A house is where you don’t make memories but a home is all about memories. A house is only you but a home is one brother and two parents. My mommy makes a pancake feast and my daddy makes his famous grilled cheese. My brother Connor plays video games with me. There are thousands of families with homes out there but my family and home mean the most to me.
Carley Greenwell, 1st Place St. Mary’s County
Father Andrew White School, Teacher: Ms. Johnson

In a house there are just bars and beams. In my home there are hopes and dreams. My home means everything to me. I can remember when I first learned to play War and Parcheesi and I loved it! In my home we also make the best food like spaghetti and meatballs.  My dad tells the best bed time stories. My brother is the funniest. What we all have in common is that we all love each other so much. When we have Christmas we all share our toys. My mom gives me the best hugs and kisses. Home is where the family is and that’s where I want to be because my family is the best! I don’t know how I’d be without my family and home. I love them more than anything and no one can change that!
Grace Robusto, 2nd Place St. Mary’s County
Father Andrew White School, Teacher: Ms. Johnson