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City sponsoring essay contest

The City of Bainbridge and the Georgia Municipal Association invites local sixth-grade students to enter the “If I Were Mayor” contest.

This statewide contest lets you tell others what you would do as mayor to make Bainbridge the best place to live.

Students from the sixth-grade classes of Hutto Middle School, Grace Christian School and home schools are invited to participate in the contest.

A winning essay will be selected from each of the Georgia Municipal Association’s 12 districts and those students will receive a $250 savings bond.

In April those 12 students, their parents and a teacher will attend a ceremony in Atlanta where a state winner will named and presented additional gifts and money.

Mayor Edward Reynolds and Bainbridge City Council will recognize a local winner and honor that student at the April 20 meeting of Bainbridge City Council. The winner will sit in the Mayor’s chair and “preside” at the official opening of the meeting. The winner will also receive a plaque, $50 in Bainbridge Bucks and a ride to school in a police car—complete with lights and siren!

The local runner-up will also be recognized at the City Council meeting and will receive a plaque and $25 in Bainbridge Bucks.

Students must address the subject by beginning the essay with the opening line, “If I were mayor, I would…”

Essays may not exceed 350 words and only one essay per student may be submitted. Essays must be written in the classroom. They will be judged on creativity, clarity and sincerity of thought, as well as proper grammar.

Essays must be received at the Georgia Municipal Association office in Atlanta no later than March 5.

For additional information on the contest, you may contact Communications Director Paige Robinson at 248-2017.