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Fox Lake student wins scholarship in Illinois Realtors bicentennial essay contest

Grant Community High School Principal Jeremy Schmidt (from left), Megan Coakley and Mainstreet Organization of Realtors vice president of marketing and Communications Amy Robey pose for a photo after Coakley was awarded $750 for winning an essay contest about Illinois' bicentennial.
Grant Community High School Principal Jeremy Schmidt (from left), Megan Coakley and Mainstreet Organization of Realtors vice president of marketing and Communications Amy Robey pose for a photo after Coakley was awarded $750 for winning an essay contest about Illinois' bicentennial.

A Fox Lake high school student was among 23 scholarship winners in an essay contest that celebrates Illinois’ bicentennial.

Megan Coakley, a student at Grant Community High School, was awarded $750 toward academic expenses after submitting and winning with an essay on the theme “Home is where the heart Is.” Her entry was selected from among more than 450 essays submitted as part of the contest sponsored by Illinois Realtors as part of the association’s celebration of the state’s 200th birthday. She received her award Friday.

“We are so pleased to see the great talent from high school students throughout the state, and most of all, their interest in the Illinois bicentennial,” said Dixon real estate agent Vicky Turner, who is chairwoman of the Illinois Realtors Bicentennial Task Force. “Both the quality and the quantity of the essays received strongly show the strength of our youth in Illinois and reinforce the importance this state plays in their lives.”

Coakley’s entry was deemed a winner by a 10-member selection committee. The association’s Bicentennial Task Force awarded one $1,000 scholarship, 11 scholarships for $750 and 11 scholarships for $250. A full list of winners can be found at illinoisrealtors.org/bicentennial.

“We’re happy to know students in our area love living in Illinois, and we congratulate them on being recognized for their excellent essays,” said Amy Robey, vice president of marketing and communications for the Mainstreet Organization of Realtors.

The essay contest is one of several ways Illinois Realtors’ members are marking the state’s 200th birthday. Twenty-nine local real estate associations have undertaken service projects and fundraising efforts for historic properties throughout Illinois. MORe contributed to improvements at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum, the DuPage County Historical Museum and the South Suburban Genealogical Society.

On Aug. 26, the state association plans to open Bicentennial Plaza – a real estate agent community partnership in Springfield. The pedestrian walkway that links Springfield’s historic sites will feature interpretive exhibits of people, places and events that connect with Abraham Lincoln’s vision for a nation of equal opportunity for all.

The plaza’s grand opening is a signature event of the state’s bicentennial commission’s celebration of the milestone.

Illinois Realtors is one of the state’s largest trade associations, representing more than 47,000 members engaged in all aspects of the real estate business.

MORe is dedicated to anticipating and serving the needs of more than 17,000 real estate agents, affiliates and licensed appraisers in the suburbs. MORe is the largest local real estate member organization in Illinois and the sixth largest in the nation.

For information, visit www.succeedwithmore.com.

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