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Office of Equal Opportunity Announces 2015 Fair Housing Student Poster and Essay Winners

In celebration of April being Fair Housing Month, the Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity, the Realtors┬« Association of the Palm Beaches and the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County announce the winners of their annual poster and essay contest. This year’s theme recognized the 47th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 and was titled “Fair Housing: Together We Build Our Neighborhood.”

The goal is to raise public awareness of enactment of the federal Fair Housing Act, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, familial status, disability, national origin, and gender, and to encourage fair housing opportunities for all citizens. In addition, Palm Beach County's Fair Housing Ordinance prohibits discrimination based upon sexual orientation, age, marital status and gender identity or expression. Here are this year’s winners:

Elementary School Poster Contest Winners:
First Place - $100 gift card:       Ca’Nya Osborn (Glade View Elementary)
Second Place - $50 gift card:     Destiny Dunkley (Glade View Elementary)
Third Place - $25 gift card:        Carla Benitz (Gove Elementary)

Middle School Poster Contest Winners:
First Place - $100 gift card:        Darlin Guifarro (Lantana Middle)
Second Place - $50 gift card:     Rose Jacques (Lantana Middle)
Third Place - $25 gift card:        Max Veloz (Jupiter Middle)

Middle School Essay Contest Winners:
First Place - $100 gift card:        Taylor Deker (Western Pines Middle)
Second Place - $50 gift card:     Shane Laurent (Western Pines Middle)
Third Place - $25 gift card:         Amanda Heermance (Western Pines Middle)

High School Essay Contest Winners:
First Place - Kindle Fire Tablet:   Jessica Fields (Wellington High)
Second Place - $75 gift card:     Carley Anderson (Dreyfoos School of the Arts)
Third Place - $50 gift card:         Bari Bossis (Dreyfoos School of the Arts)

Contest winners will receive prizes at a reception on April 15 at the Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches, West Palm Beach.


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