EASTON — Mid-Shore Board of Realtors honored three high school students with cash prizes for winning the MSBR’s 2019 Essay Contest.
Easton High School rising junior A’Niyah Johnson won first place and $500. Easton High rising junior Lukas Nilsen earned second place and $200. Third place and $100 went to North Dorchester High School class of 2019 graduate Emily Marshall.
Students were asked to write an original and analytical essay of between 750 and 1,000 words on how students see homeownership changing in the next 50 years while relating to the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, which was celebrated in 2018.
“Fair housing has always been something that is really important to realtors,” MSBR Executive Director Debbie Leber said. “The realtors were the ones that pushed fair housing laws. Realtors have a code of ethics and their ethics say they cannot discriminate. This was in place long before fair housing laws were in place.
“Last year was the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act,” she said. “We really wanted to tie that into our essay contest. This year, we looked at the 50th anniversary but also what would it look like in the next 50 years, and how far we have come and how far we still need to go. We always push hard to make everybody have equal opportunities for housing. We know what a strength having a home brings to someone and to the community.”
Leber and MSBR President Dormaim Green awarded Johnson and Nilsen their checks Friday, June 14. Green presented Marshall with her award in early June at North Dorchester’s scholarship night.
“It was very surprising to get first place,” Johnson said. “It was fun to write the essay and learn more about real estate.”
Nilsen said he is considering studying computer engineering and was excited to win the award.
“We love to give back to the community, and we love the children,” Green said. “We really look forward to this every year. The students are very talented, and we enjoy seeing what they write each year.”
Marshall earned the 2019 Salutatorian Award at North Dorchester for having the second highest GPA in the class. She also won the ND Patricia H. Hopkins Memorial Scholarship Award, which is given to the senior on the basis of scholarship, activities, dependability and potential for success in a chosen career.