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Annapolis, MD (May 9, 2014) – The Maryland Association of REALTORS® (MAR) and special guest Maryland State Comptroller, Peter Franchot announced the winners of the annual Fair Housing Poster Contest during a recognition ceremony at the Goldstein Treasury Building.  Students representing 13 schools across the state received a certificate and a gift card co-sponsored by BB&T Bank. 

As part of the contest, students were asked to illustrate the theme The Key to Fair Housing is Cultural Diversity.  The thirteen winning posters will be reproduced in a colorful calendar for 2015 that Maryland REALTORS® will distribute statewide to promote the principles of fair housing.  The contest allows school children to express their ideas creatively while fostering the principles of equal opportunity in housing.

Maryland REALTORS® plan and orchestrate this community-based program by working with their local schools and youth organizations.  “We believe that children can become great advocates for diverse communities later in life,” said Maryland State Comptroller, Peter Franchot. 

April marks the 46th anniversary of the enactment of the federal Fair Housing Law. The landmark legislation passed in 1968 prohibits discrimination while purchasing or renting a house and encourages fair housing opportunities for all.

MAR maintains a housing opportunities website, which includes programs, initiatives, and other valuable resources for consumers and those who are interested in owning their own home.


The Maryland Association of REALTORS® is the largest professional trade association in Maryland serving over 22,000 members dedicated to preserving the vitality of the real estate market. REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark which may only be used by those real estate professionals who subscribe to the REALTOR® organization’s strict Code of Ethics, and who are members of the National, State, and Local REALTOR® organization. 


In honor of Fair Housing Month, REALTORS® celebrate the great strides made in non-discriminatory homeownership. The Maryland Association of REALTORS® selected the following children’s artwork to be featured on the 2015 Fair Housing Calendar that is distributed to individuals and businesses throughout the state. 

 “Fair Housing is the Key to Cultural Diversity”


        Grade/Name                                             School                                            County
(6th) Mariclaire Anderson                            Seton Home School                              Washington County
(4th) Grace Baeurle                                    Worcester Preparatory School               Worcester County
(3rd) Ruth Bridgers                                    Highland Park Elementary School          Prince George’s County
(6th) Joshua Cherry                                    Talbot County 4-H Club                          Talbot County
(4th)  “Cali” Allyn Ellis                                 North East Elementary School               Cecil County
(7th) Gabriella Kuper                                  Mountain Christian School                                 Harford County
(7th) Lily Mae Norris                                   Middletown Middle School                     Frederick County
(4th) Erika Quenano                                   St. Mary’s School                                  Charles County
(4th) Bryce Richter                                     Broad Ford Elementary School              Garrett County
(8th) Elizabeth Rochabrand                        Gaithersburg Middle School                   Montgomery County
(K)   Isabella Sherwood                             Germantown Elementary                        Anne Arundel County
(6th) Samantha Smith                                 West Middle School                              Carroll County
(7th) Williams Zimmerman                          Harper’s Choice Middle School              Howard County