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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 19, 2012

Youth Artists and Authors Awarded Prizes in Fair Housing Contest

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – This week, Bootheel-area students were named winners of a poster and journalism contest sponsored by the Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR) aimed at teaching youth about fair housing. More than 100 students who attended summer youth camps sponsored by Lincoln University Extension submitted posters and essays expressing the theme, “Fair Housing: Opening Doors – Unlocking Dreams.” 

The student contest is one component of MCHR’s public awareness campaign, the Show-Me Fair Housing Awareness Project, designed to educate Missourians about their rights and obligations under fair housing laws. Missouri’s Bootheel is a target region for these outreach efforts due to the area’s low housing stock, caused in part by loss of homes due to flooding; higher-than-average incidence of subprime lending; and spiking home foreclosure rates. The contest and awareness campaign are funded by an Education and Outreach Initiative grant awarded to MCHR by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Students winners were awarded cash prizes in the amounts of $250 (first place), $125 (second place), and $50 (third place). The honorees are:

Poster, Grades 1-3:
First place: Maya Watt (Charleston, MO)
Second place: Nilen Sharkey (Sikeston, MO)
Third place: Britany Jordan (Caruthersville, MO)

Poster, Grades 4-6:
First place: Nicholas Williams (Sikeston, MO)
Second place: Ashanti Jones (Sikeston, MO)
Third place: Jamya Smith (Sikeston, MO)

Poster, Grades 7-12:
First place: Larysa McClellon (Sikeston, MO)
Second place: Jameea King (Sikeston, MO)
Third place: Cameron Watt (Charleston, MO)

Essay, Grades 7-12:
First place: Chanelle Quinn (Charleston, MO)
Second place: Zhane Robinson (Sikeston, MO)
Third place: Natalee Fennell (Sikeston, MO)
Honorable mention: Tyra Bonner (Sikeston, MO)

MCHR is an independent commission housed in the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. It is responsible for enforcing the Missouri Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, and places of public accommodation because of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex (including sexual harassment and pregnancy), disability, age (in employment only), and familial status (in housing only). For more information about your rights or the MCHR complaint process, visit www.labor.mo.gov/MOHumanRights or call (573) 751-3325.

HUDShow-Me Fair Housing Awareness Project

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