Sixth-Graders encouraged to consider, “If I were Mayor”

| January 4, 2016

Valdosta Government

VALDOSTA — Local sixth grade students can dream about being the city’s top elected official by participating in the “If I Were Mayor, I Would…” essay contest, sponsored by the Valdosta Youth Council. The contest gives 6th grade students—from public, private or homeschools—a chance to express, in 350 words or less, how they would make a difference if they were Mayor.

Every essay must begin with the sentence, “If I were mayor, I would,” it may be either typed or neatly handwritten, and it must clearly display the student’s name, teacher and school at the top of the page(s).

1st, 2nd and 3rd place local winners will be selected and recognized by Mayor John Gayle at the April 21 City Council meeting.

All essays entered will be displayed at Valdosta City Hall during Georgia Cities Week, April 18-22, 2016.

The entries may be mailed or hand-delivered by Friday, March 4, 2016 to: Public Information Office, Attention: Essay Contest, 300 N. Lee Street, #102, Valdosta, GA 31601. For more information, contact Public Information Officer Sementha Mathews at (229) 259-3548 or visit

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