2013-04-24 / Front Page

“IF I WERE MAYOR”

By Aubrey Northcutt
Sixth Grade, Edmund Burke Academy


If Aubrey were mayor … If Aubrey Northcutt were mayor, she’d convert vacant buildings into hotels and coffee shops and create more green space, including doggie parks. She’d even open a community pool and a splash pad. The Edmund Burke Academy sixth grader topped students from 39 cities to become the District 7 winner of the Georgia Municipal Association’s “If I Were Mayor” essay contest. She gets $250 for her big win and a chance to compete against the other 11 state finalists. Aubrey, along with her family and teacher Carol Hogan, will attend a luncheon at Turner Field May 7 where the state winner will be announced. Aubrey shared her ideas with city officials Monday night and was honored by the entire Waynesboro City Council. Mayor Pauline Jenkins, pictured with Aubrey, also recognized the local-level winners: Burke County Middle School students Jackson Parham, first place, and Bryson Brown, second place; Faith Christian Academy student Adam Grubb, third place; and EBA student Collier Smith, honorable mention. To read Aubrey’s essay, see page 3. If Aubrey were mayor … If Aubrey Northcutt were mayor, she’d convert vacant buildings into hotels and coffee shops and create more green space, including doggie parks. She’d even open a community pool and a splash pad. The Edmund Burke Academy sixth grader topped students from 39 cities to become the District 7 winner of the Georgia Municipal Association’s “If I Were Mayor” essay contest. She gets $250 for her big win and a chance to compete against the other 11 state finalists. Aubrey, along with her family and teacher Carol Hogan, will attend a luncheon at Turner Field May 7 where the state winner will be announced. Aubrey shared her ideas with city officials Monday night and was honored by the entire Waynesboro City Council. Mayor Pauline Jenkins, pictured with Aubrey, also recognized the local-level winners: Burke County Middle School students Jackson Parham, first place, and Bryson Brown, second place; Faith Christian Academy student Adam Grubb, third place; and EBA student Collier Smith, honorable mention. To read Aubrey’s essay, see page 3. If I were mayor, I would do many things to improve my community. Most citizens do not respect our community. As mayor, I would repair old buildings and open new businesses, add more community parks and make safety a priority in our area.


District winner Aubrey Northcutt with local winner Jackson Parham and third place winner Adam Grubb. District winner Aubrey Northcutt with local winner Jackson Parham and third place winner Adam Grubb. There are many older buildings in my city that I would like to renovate. The City of Waynesboro has already renovated the Ice Plant, which was a great idea. Several storefronts, like Goldberg’s, have closed and would make a perfect spot for a hotel or an inn. Other stores that have closed could be used for other things like coffee shops or restaurants.

Another way I would improve the city is by creating more community parks, such as dog parks. One of the parks could also include fun, water-related activities like a community pool or splash pad for younger kids.

As mayor of my community, I would like for it to be a safe place for people to live. I would want my citizens to feel safe when they go out to get groceries or out to dinner. To make this possible, I would have the best law enforcement available.

In summary, if I were mayor, I would want to repair buildings, add new businesses and parks, and last, make my community as safe as possible. These are just a few things I would do as mayor to help change my community.

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