Harford County Teacher Secures $1,000 Top Prize In Freedom Federal Credit Union Photo Contest


Freedom President and CEO, Mike MacPherson, along with employees Lisa Snodgrass and Ashira Quabili, presented a check to the May family, who warmly accepted with #SummerofFreedomFCU spirit. (Photo Credit: Freedom Federal Credit Union)

HARFORD COUNTY - After several near wins over the years, Diane May, a science teacher at Patterson Mill Middle School, clinched the top prize in this year's Freedom Federal Credit Union #SummerofFreedomFCU photo contest.

May initially entered the contest in 2018, securing the runner-up spot in previous years. This year, her photo garnered over 700 votes on Freedom's social media pages, granting her the $1,000 top prize.

"Always the bridesmaid, never the bride," May said. "I have had an entry in every one of Freedom's summer contests over the last several years, and I always seem to come in second place, but this year was finally my year, and we actually did it!"

The six-week contest encourages residents from Harford and Baltimore County to snap pictures of their summer escapades while flaunting the credit union's blue and yellow branded sunglasses. The sunglasses, a signature of the contest, were available at all Freedom branches. Finalists then went head-to-head in a public voting round on social media in August.

May's photo, titled "An Apple a Day," shows her displaying her recently secured Golden Apple Educator Award.

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The runner-up, Brooke Wagoner, aiming for back-to-back wins, secured second place with a $250 prize, and Diana Neville took home $100 for her third-place finish. As an honorable mention, Charlie Brown, a Doodle donning the contest's sunglasses, received consolation dog treats.

Freedom has already rolled out another contest in collaboration with Harford Community College. Dubbed the #MyFightingOwlsFreedom contest, it urges participants to depict how the college has influenced their lives positively.

Open until October 9, the contest promises cash rewards for the most compelling entries. Votes will be cast live on Freedom's social media platforms from October 16-20.

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