Local teen wins national poster contest

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Beaufort Housing Authority resident, Ericka Alston, 17, was named one of 13 national winners of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Official’s (NAHRO) annual “What Home Means to Me” poster contest.

Ericka Alston
Ericka Alston

Ericka and her fellow 12 national winners represent youth from across the country in grades kindergarten through 12 who currently live in affordable rental housing administered by a NAHRO member housing authority or community development agency.

“This year, more than 250 entries were submitted to NAHRO,” said Preston Prince, CME, president of the association. “The annual poster contest is an opportunity for youth to voice what having a safe, clean and supportive living environment means to them.”

Ericka’s artwork will be featured nationally in the association’s annual “What Home Means to Me” calendar and publications. She will also receive a $100 U.S. Savings Bonds.

A senior at Battery Creek High School, Ericka is a standout player for the Battery Creek Dolphins Varsity girls basketball team. She plans to attend the University of South Carolina upon graduation.