The Mayors Council of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Municipal League invite ALL 8th grade students throughout Oklahoma – public, private or homeschooled – to participate in the statewide “If I Were Mayor” essay contest.
Essays must be received by the Mayors Council no later than Dec. 14, 2012. Contest winners, along with their parents and teachers, will be recognized during the 2013 MCO / OML Municipal Government Day at the State Capitol on March 26, 2013.
The contest allows students to tell others what they would do as mayor to make their city or town a better place to live. Promoting good city government is important to Oklahoma municipalities, and this essay contest provides students the opportunity to reflect on the role of the key elected official in their own community.
Our future mayors are in the classrooms of today. The education they receive today will help them to become good citizens tomorrow — and good mayors.
The contest gives students a chance to creatively use cognitive and grade-specific language arts skills and civics/social studies language.
Entries will be judged based upon originality and appropriateness to the theme: What the writer would try to accomplish as mayor of his or her city or town and what he or she would do to make it happen. Essays must display an understanding of the mayor’s position. Spelling, grammar and legibility also will be considered by the judges.
Three winners will be chosen from the contest entries, with cash prizes awarded. First place will receive $250, second $150 and third $100.
For complete contest rules and an entry form go to http://okmayors.webs.com/ifiweremayoressay.htm and click on “If I Were Mayor Essay Contest Brochure.