A Woodstock High School student was among 23 scholarship winners in an essay contest that celebrates Illinois’ bicentennial.
Jade Bellairs, a Woodstock High School senior, was awarded $750 toward academic expenses by submitting an essay on the theme “Home is Where the Heart is.” Her entry was selected from 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.
Bellairs’ entry was judged a winner by a 10-member selection committee. In all, the association’s Bicentennial Task Force awarded one $1,000 scholarship, 11 scholarships for $750 and 11 scholarships for $250. For information on the essay contest, go to IllinoisRealtors.org/Bicentennial.
Top finalists also included:
$1,000: Hannah Young, Wheaton Academy, West Chicago
$750: Gabrielle Allen, Warrensburg-Latham High School, Warrensburg; Bailey Brooks, Forreston Junior/Senior High School, Forreston; Megan Coakley, Grant Community High School, Fox Lake; Dillon Davey, Barrington High School, Barrington; Kennedy Green, Sacred Heart-Griffin, Springfield; Emma Nelson, homeschool student, Brookport; Cooper Peterson, Glenwood High School, Chatham; Amber Tomlin, Heyworth High School, Heyworth; Clare Turano, Willows Academy, Des Plaines; Camilla Vazquez, William Fremd High School, Palatine.
The essay contest is one of several ways Illinois Realtors members are marking the state’s 200th birthday.
“Locally, the Heartland Realtor Organization in Crystal Lake will be partnering with five local ‘Tour of History’ events from April to October to celebrate the state’s history,” said Jim Haisler, the organization’s CEO, who also served as the essay contest’s chairperson.
On Aug. 26, the state association plans to open Bicentennial Plaza – A Realtor Community Partnership in Springfield.
The plaza’s grand opening is a signature event of the state’s Bicentennial Commission’s celebration of the milestone.