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Equal Opportunity Announces 2012 Fair Housing Student Poster and Essay Winners

For immediate release: April 17, 2012
Contact: Pamela Guerrier, 561-355-2558

In celebration of April being Fair Housing Month, the Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) and the Realtors┬« Association of the Palm Beaches (RAPB) announce the winners of their annual poster and essay contest. This year’s theme recognized the 44th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 and was titled “Fair Housing: We Are All Part of the Puzzle.”

The goal is to raise public awareness of enactment of the federal Fair Housing Law, 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.

The following poster, essay and video winners were chosen:

Middle School Posters
First Place: Anthony Alves, Lantana Middle
Second Place: William Elizondo, Loggers Run
Third Place: Alexandria Trombetta, Lantana Middle
High School Essays
First Place:  Jonah King, Seminole Ridge High School
Second Place: Alexandra Dejesus, Atlantis Academy
Third Place: Nicholas Debase, Atlantis Academy
High School Video
Alexa Lightle and Taylor Walsh: Park Vista Community High School

The winners will receive prizes at a reception on April 19, 2012 at the Realtors┬« Association of the Palm Beaches’ offices, 1 Harvard Circle, Ste. 102, West Palm Beach, Florida.  For more information, please visit

The OEO provides coordination of the four civil and human rights programs of Palm Beach County government. These programs include the Equal Employment Opportunity Program, Fair Housing Program, Handicap Accessibility Program, and the Human Relations Camp that provides programs to encourage interracial and intercultural understanding among high school students.


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