By Hannah Anderson, Assistant Editor
The Maryland Municipal League has announced 10 winners of its 2012 “If I Were Mayor” essay contest. On May 15, the 10 fourth graders who were selected as regional winners of the statewide essay contest will be honored at a public ceremony at the State House where they will be recognized by Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown. Each student will receive a Governor’s Citation, an award plaque and $100 in cash.
The 2012 winners are:
- Layla Grimm, Snow Hill Middle, Snow Hill, Md. –Layla said if she were mayor, she would, “… encourage the town’s property owners to clean up and improve the look and safety of Snow Hill. The town… could help change its image by helping the owners with the clean-up. The cost of renovation is very expensive.”
- Taylor Cordrey, Northwestern Elementary, Mardela Springs, Md. – If Taylor were mayor, “… make the town better… by cleaning up the old school park,” Also… “renovate the old school to make a community hall… have a skate park built… and make the town more presentable by repaving all the roads.”
- Sabrina Gleitz, Broadneck Elementary, Annapolis, Md. – Sabrina said if she were mayor, she would “… create a municipality that is a better place to live, work, and play. I would address the problem of sidewalks starting and stopping randomly.”
- Alison Mills, Somerset Elementary, Somerset, Md. – Alison said if she were mayor she would, “… work with our citizens to make our community safer and friendlier to the environment. First, I would like to improve our road and street safety.”
- Elizabeth Smith, Visitation Academy, Frederick, Md. – Elizabeth said if she were mayor, she would “… promote a campaign to keep the streets clean. I would call it: ‘Get on your feet and keep it neat!'”
- Kristen Smith, Westernport Elementary, Westernport, Md. – Kristin said if she were mayor, she would “… try to reduce crime issues, build more playgrounds and things for children to play on, fix road conditions and obtain grant money to help our finances.” She concluded her piece: “If I were mayor, I would make all of these things come true, not a fantasy we dream about.”
- Rachel Levasseur, Hancock Elementary, Hancock, Md. – Rachel said if she were mayor, she would “… start a recycling center… try to open the C&O Canal…” and “start a neighborhood crime watch.”
- Ella Lannon, Holy Redeemer School, College Park, Md. – Ella said if she were mayor, she would “… meet many challenges in my community. These are the challenges I will talk about: safety issues, helping the environment and have more areas for recreation.”
- Alexis Loder, Tome School, North East, Md. – Alexis said if she were mayor, she would “…get more sidewalks so citizens could be safe and get more exercise… Another problem I’d address is litter… a third problem I would address is improving parks.”
- Kaitlin Conway, Piney Ridge Elementary, Sykesville, Md. – Kaitlin said if she were mayor, she would “… try to find creative solutions that save money, maintain town services, and protect and improve our environment. The town provides some great services… Now, the town is having trouble paying for all these services.”
Essays were judged on adherence to the essay topic, knowledge about municipalities and mayors’ roles, creativity, and grammar, according to the press release announcing the winners.
MML’s “If I Were Mayor” was created in 2001 as a way to teach students about municipal government and the mayor’s role in local government. All Maryland students enrolled in fourth grade can enter a 275-word essay on each year’s theme.
A complete list of 2012 winners and finalists is listed on MML’s website.