Annapolis, Md. – Lindsay Birckhead-Morton, a seventh grader at Snow Hill Middle School, traveled to Annapolis with board members and staff from the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 for a special recognition ceremony with Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford.
 
              
Lindsay Birckhead-Morton, a seventh grader at Snow Hill Middle School, was honored by Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford at the Maryland State House in Annapolis on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Birckhead-Morton is the statewide winner for the Lower Eastern Shore in the Maryland Association of REALTORS® Fair Housing Calendar Contest. 
 
The ceremony, held in the Maryland State House, honored 13 students from across the state who were chosen by the Maryland Association of REALTORS® (MAR) as finalists in this year’s Fair Housing Calendar Contest. Birckhead-Morton is the finalist from the Lower Eastern Shore. This is the second time she has won this contest.
 
Birckhead-Morton received a certificate of recognition and a gift from MAR, and her drawing, which depicts fair housing, will be featured in the 2018 statewide calendar. Birckhead-Morton previously received a certificate and gift from CAR for being one of three local finalists that were forwarded to MAR for consideration of inclusion in the calendar. The other two local finalists were Tashira Ballard, a third grader at Greenwood Elementary School, and Lyric Campbell, a fifth grader from North Salisbury Elementary School.
 
“We’re very proud of Lindsay for winning this contest twice,” said CAR President Don Bailey. “She’s a wonderful artist and she does a great job of capturing the true meaning of fair housing through her drawings.”
 
The annual contest is sponsored by CAR and MAR. “Fair Housing” pertains to the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination in the sale and rental of housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or handicap. The contest aims to teach children that discrimination is not only wrong, but illegal.
 
Artwork submitted by students had to illustrate this year’s theme, “I ♥ Fair Housing.”
 
CAR will begin accepting submissions for next year’s contest in the beginning of 2018.
 
For more information about CAR, visit www.coastalrealtors.org.
 
More about Coastal Association of REALTORS®
 
Coastal Association of REALTORS® is the leading local advocacy group in the real estate industry on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. Coastal REALTORS® works in partnership with its members to promote home ownership and preserve, protect, and advocate private property rights. The organization supports 1,000 REALTORS® who serve Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties.
For more information on Coastal REALTORS®, visit www.coastalrealtors.org. The term REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark unique to real estate professionals who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict Code of Ethics.
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Rayne / 410-641-4409/ sarah@coastalrealtors.org