The Alaska Conference of Mayors is sponsoring the third annual "If I Were Mayor, I Would ..." essay contest for sixth-graders. The contest is designed to encourage youth to become more engaged in community leadership and give sixth-grade students an opportunity to use their knowledge and experience to creatively voice their views on what their generation deems important.
Students in sixth grade during the 2003-04 school year, or home-school students currently at the sixth-grade level, are invited to apply. Each essay must address the subject with the opening line beginning, "If I were mayor, I would ... ." Essays may not be more than 250 words, and all entries must be received by the Alaska Municipal League-Alaska Conference of Mayors no later than 5 p.m. Dec. 17. Essays should include the student's name, address, school name and address, and name of teacher or guardian assisting with the essay.
Essays will be judged by a group of mayors using a criteria based on creativity, clarity, sincerity of thought, proper use of grammar and subject relevancy. All applicants will receive a certificate of participation, and three contest winners will receive U.S. Savings Bonds and be honored during the Winter AML Board of Directors and ACoM meeting Jan. 19 to 21 in Juneau.
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