If I Were Mayor Essay Contest

View 2016 Essay Contest Winners

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).

1st, 2nd and 3rd place local winners will be selected and recognized by Valdosta Mayor John Gayle at the April 20 City Council meeting. The essays will also be displayed at Valdosta City Hall during Georgia Cities Week, April 23-29, 2017.

Last year's If I Were Mayor Essay contest first place winner, Toni Salami, explained how she would create an Environmental Committee if she were mayor.

"If I were mayor, I would organize an Environmental Committee that would be in charge of cleaning up our city, recycling, and encouraging children to exercise so they can be healthy," Salami wrote in her essay. Salami now serves on the 2016-2017 Valdosta Youth Council and is making a difference in her community in similar ways.

The entries may be mailed or hand-delivered by Friday, March 10, to Public Information Office, Attention: Essay Contest, 300 N. Lee Street, #102, Valdosta, GA 31601. Students and teachers may also contact Valdosta Youth Council Advisory Committee Member Lynn Orenstein at lorenstein@gocats.org to schedule the pickup of essays, or visit the Valdosta Youth Council Facebook page for additional information.   

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