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News Release – April 10, 2023

Winners of 2023 “If I Were Mayor” state essay contest announced

Monday, April 10, 2023/Categories: News Releases

Richmond – The Virginia Municipal League (VML) announced today the statewide winner and seven regional winners of the “If I Were Mayor” Essay Contest. The contest, hosted by VML, drew hundreds of entries from seventh graders throughout the state. The challenge to the students was to identify an issue in their locality, talk to others about possible solutions, and then identify what solution would best address the issue. View full news release >

The winners are:

  • Statewide winner: Jayden McCaw of Fries School in Fries

  • Region 1: Billie Hall of Marion Middle School in Marion

  • Region 2: William Wall of Martinsville Middle School in Martinsville

  • Region 3: Avery Diette of Lylburn Downing Middle School in Lexington

  •  Region 5: Talia Forster of Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School in Falls Church

  • Region 6: Zohair Zaman of Walker-Grant Middle School in Fredericksburg

  • Region 8: Viktorija Gobush of St. Clare Walker Middle School in Locust Hill (resident of Urbanna)

    *Note – VML did not receive any entries from regions 4 or 7 this year.