VALDOSTA, GA – Local sixth graders can dream about what it would be like to be the top elected official of the city by participating in the “If I Were Mayor, I Would…” essay contest sponsored by the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) and the City of Valdosta. The contest gives students a chance to creatively use grade-specific language arts skills and civics knowledge to express how they would make a difference if they held the position of Mayor.
According to contest rules, every essay must begin with the sentence, “If I were mayor, I would,” and the essays may not be longer than 350 words. Each essay should be either typed or legibly hand written and must have the student’s and school’s names written on them.
One winner will be selected from each of GMA’s 12 districts across the state and will be invited, along with their parents and a teacher, to an awards luncheon in Atlanta, Ga., in May 2014, where they will receive a $250 check and framed certificate.
Judging will also take place to determine the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place local winners, who will all be recognized by Valdosta Mayor John Gayle at the April 24 City Council meeting. All local essays entered in the contest will be displayed at Valdosta City Hall during Georgia Cities Week, April 13-19, 2014.
“Through this contest, we hope to educate students about the role city government plays in their lives and community,” said Mayor John Gayle. “Over the years, students from all of the local school systems—public, private and home schools—have produced some thoughtful, well-written essays. The overwhelming amount of participation in the contest each year is a testament to our local parents, teachers and school administrators who support the students’ worthwhile efforts.”
Essay contest entry forms can be downloaded at www.valdostacity.com from the Public Information web page, or click here. Individuals or class groups should submit their entries by Friday, March 7, 2014 to: Public Information Office, Attention: Essay Contest, 300 N. Lee Street, #102, Valdosta, GA 31601. The student, teacher and school names should be written at the top of each submitted essay.
For more information, contact Public Information Officer Sementha Mathews at (229) 259-3548 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.