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Each spring, the North Dakota League of Cities sponsors a statewide If I Were Mayor essay contest for third and seventh grade students. The contest encourages young people to think about public service and future community leadership. Essays must address why the student feels their community is great and what they would do to improve their city if they were mayor.
If I Were Mayor essay contest winners will be announced in conjunction with City Government Week, April 5-9, 2021, and will receive a $150 cash prize and have their essays featured in the League’s publication, CITYScan.
Essays must be the original work of third graders and seventh graders in North Dakota schools or home schools. Essays may be typed.
Here are the rules:
Any third or seventh grade student may submit one essay; multiple entries from one author will not be accepted.
Essays should be no longer than one page in length and must answer the following questions:
1. Why is your city great - what makes it special?
2. What would you do to improve your city if you were mayor?
Essays may deal with community issues. Originality of thought and creativity will be considered.
Entries submitted by teachers must include the author’s name, school and teacher’s name. Entries submitted by
individual students must include the author’s name, address, parent’s name and phone number.
Essays may be submitted in the following ways:
• Mail to North Dakota League of Cities, 410 E Front AVE, Bismarck, ND 58504 and postmarked
no later than March 12, 2021
• Email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 12, 2021
Questions about this program? Contact Carissa Richter at NDLC
email@example.com • (701) 223-3518 • ND Toll Free: (800) 472-2692
410 E Front Ave, Bismarck, ND 58504-5641 • www.ndlc.org