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Real estate agent Toni Shenk shows off the master bedroom to possible home-buyer Deb Lewis, of Burlington, Iowa. Shenk has been in the real estate business for 27 years and has seen segregation change slowly in Topeka’s neighborhoods.

Published Sunday, March 19, 2006 – It’s your business


Toni Shenk, a sales associate with Coldwell Banker Griffith & Blair has been named to the Coldwell Banker International President’s Elite. Only the top 3 percent of the more than 126,000 sales associates worldwide in the Coldwell Banker System qualified for the award.


Coldwell Banker Griffith & Blair has been named to the prestigious Coldwell Banker Chairman’s Circle, one of only 127 Coldwell Banker companies throughout the world to receive the distinguished award. Coldwell Banker Griffith & Blair has received this honor for 18 consecutive years. The company was also named as the No. 1 company in closed adjusted gross commission income in Kansas for the Coldwell Banker system in 2005 among independently owned and operated Coldwell Banker companies.


Early lessons

Shenk is a Topeka native who grew up in a two-bedroom home at 1415 S.E. Washington. During Shenk’s sixth-grade year, her family moved to a house at S.W. 11th and Plass. As homeowners, her parents taught her the value of home ownership. Deeply religious, her family believed all people were created equal.

She attended kindergarten at Monroe School, the site of the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site.

“One of the uproars over Brown v. Board of Education was kids were forced to go to substandard schools,” she said. “But I went to very good schools.”

She attended first through fifth grade at Washington School under principal Merrill Ross, who maintained high standards and attracted top teachers,,,,,,

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