If I Were Mayor Essay Contest

View 2017 Essay Contest Winners

Pictured above are the 2017 essay contest winners. From left to right are Nile Monds, Isabel McLoughlin, and Kailin Willoughy. 

Valdosta Mayor John Gayle and the Valdosta Youth Council encourage local 6th-grade students to 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. The contest, sponsored by the Valdosta Youth Council, gives 6th-grade students—from public, private or homeschools—a chance to creatively use grade-specific language arts skills and civics knowledge to express, in 350 words or less, how they would make a difference if they were elected to the position of Mayor.

According to contest rules, every essay must begin with the sentence, “If I were mayor, I would,” and the essay may not be longer than 350 words. Whether it is typed or neatly handwritten, the essay must clearly display the student’s name, teacher and school clearly at the top of the page(s).

The city congratulates these student winners and all the participants in this year’s contest. For more information, contact Public Information Officer Sementha Mathews at 229-259-3548 or at smathews@valdostacity.com

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Valdosta, GA 31601

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