Essay Contest

 

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VML Announces Winners of
the 2016 “If I Were Mayor” Essay Contest

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Gov. Terry McAuiffe (center) with the winners of the essay contest:
(L to R
Jerry (Trey) N. Mitchell III, Terrence Massenburg, Skyla Rain, Sadie Dryden, Liv Scappa, Andrew Middleton and Dillon McReynolds. Not pictured: Maha Laiq.

Each fall, the Virginia Municipal League (VML) invites all Virginia 7th graders to participate in its “If I Were Mayor” essay contest. The essays describe what the students would do as mayor to make their cities and towns great places to live.

This year, more than 1,200 essays were submitted by students from across the Commonwealth.

Governor Terry McAuliffe presented the awards to this year’s regional winners at VML Day At the Capitol held January 25 at the Library of Virginia in Richmond.

The winners are:

Statewide winner: Jerry (Trey) N. Mitchell III of Lawrenceville

Region 1: Dillon McReynolds of Abingdon

Region 2: Andrew Middleton of Covington

Region 3: Sadie Dryden of Buena Vista

Region 4: Skyla Rain of South Boston

Region 5: Liv Scappa of Falls Church

Region 6: Maha Laiq of Warrenton

Region 7: Jerry (Trey) N. Mitchell III of Lawrenceville (statewide winner)

Region 8: Terrence Massenburg of Portsmouth 

Read the winning essays.

 


Each fall the Virginia Municipal League (VML) invites all Virginia 7th Graders to participate in its “If I Were Mayor” essay contest. The essays describe what the student would do as mayor to make their cities and towns great places to live.

Promoting good local government is important to VML, and this essay contest provides students the opportunity to reflect on the important role of elected officials in their own city or town.

Eight Virginia regional winners are selected. Winners receive a $150 cash prize and plaque. One statewide winner is selected and receives a $250 cash prize and plaque. The winners, along with their teachers, are recognized at a special ceremony in Richmond.

Contest Rules

  • The contest is open to all Virginia students enrolled in the 7th Grade during the 2016-2017 school year.
  • Each entry must include the student’s name, home address, telephone, school, teacher’s name and teacher's email address.
  • Essays must be typed.
  • Essays must be 200 – 500 words.
  • Essays must address the subject of what the student would do if they were elected mayor.
  • Only one essay may be submitted per student.
  • Essays will be judged based on the following: originality, persuasiveness, understanding of city, town and county services, and proper use of composition and written expression.
  • Winners will be notified in early January 2017.
  • Essays will not be returned.
  • VML retains the right to publish essays along with the names of each student.
  • Submit entries to: VML, Attn: 7th Grade Essay Contest, P.O. Box 12164, Richmond, VA 23241.

For more information contact Sherall Dementi at sdementi@vml.org.

 

 


 

 

 

 

2015 winners

 

 
Statewide winner: Lily McClung of Fishersville (also Region 3 winner)Governor Terry McAuliffe presented awards to one statewide winner and seven regional winners of the VML “If I Were Mayor” Essay Contest. The contest, hosted by the Virginia Municipal League, drew more than 1,000 entries from seventh graders throughout the state. Their challenge was to describe what they would do if they were mayor of their hometown. The winners are:

Region 1: Sumer Grace Lloyd of Bristol

Region 2: Simran Kaur Gill of Salem

Region 4: Grace Coover of Petersburg

Region 5: Evan Lankford of Falls Church

Region 6: Brynley Meadows of Culpeper

Region 7: Alexander Elstun of Chesterfield County

Region 8: Alyssa Levy of King William County