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Posted on: March 10, 2020

Students Have a Chance to be Rockville’s Mayor for a Day in May

Deadline for Essays is March 27; Mayor to Visit Rockville Fourth Graders

Rockville, Maryland, March 10 – Rockville fourth graders once again have a chance at serving as the city’s Mayor for a Day this spring by taking part in the statewide “If I Were Mayor” essay contest.

The theme of this year’s contest, organized by the Maryland Municipal League and the Maryland Mayors Association, is “Re-imagine Tomorrow.” Students are asked to write an essay, no longer than 275 words, that would describe how, if they were mayor, they would reimagine their community and describe how they’d make tomorrow better. 

One winning essay will be selected from each of MML’s 11 regional districts throughout the state. Winners will receive $100 cash and a governor’s citation and will be recognized during an awards ceremony in Annapolis. Essays must be received by mail by Friday, March 27. 

The Mayor and Council consider the contest to be a wonderful exercise in government studies and encourage fourth graders attending schools in Rockville to participate. 

Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton welcomes the opportunity to speak with students about the essay contest, municipal government and what it is like to be mayor of Rockville. Teachers or school administrators may email to arrange for the mayor to visit their school, though a mayoral visit is not required for students to participate.

In addition to the winners chosen by MML and MMA, the mayor will select a student attending school in Rockville to serve as the city’s Mayor for a Day in May.

Learn more by visiting and selecting “Mayor’s Essay Contest” under “Engagement,” or call the City Clerk/Director of Council Operations’ office at 240-314-8280.

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Marylou Berg
Director of Communication

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