2009-02-04 / News

'If I Were Mayor' contest underway

For sixth-graders
By Elizabeth Billips lizbillips@yahoo.com

Waynesboro Mayor George DeLoach wants local sixthgraders to tell it like it is.

Georgia Municipal Association's "If I Were Mayor" contest is underway, and students have a chance to tell city officials what Waynesboro would be like if they were elected mayor.

Last year, Edmund Burke Academy's Dalton Smith won the local portion of the contest with his ideas on how to get rid of gangs and draw tourists to Burke County's historic landmarks.

The essay contest is open to all Georgia sixth-graders, including private and home school students.

Four students will be recognized at the local level, and 12 winners will be chosen statewide, with one overall winner selected from that group. State winners will receive $250 savings bonds and other prizes.

Essays must be no longer than 350 words and begin with the phrase, "If I were mayor, I would ... "

Essays will be judged by a panel of city officials for creativity, proper use of grammar, sincerity of thought and clarity.

Sixth-graders who want to participate in this year's competition should submit duplicate copies of their essays to Waynesboro City Hall and the Georgia Municipal Association in Atlanta by March 6. Contest rules and entry forms are available at city hall and at www.gmanet.com.

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