May 17, 2023

Adriana Draskovic (center right), a 5th grader from Happy Valley Elementary, was the winner from the poster category. Lauren Puerta (center left), an 8th grader from Happy Valley Middle School, won in the essay category. This annual contest, which is coordinated by the Oregon Mayors Association (OMA), challenges students to share their creative ideas about what they would do as mayor. To view their winning submissions, head to the link below.

To celebrate, Adriana and Lauren were recognized at tonight’s City Council meeting and were each presented with a formal certificate and a $100 gift card. Additionally, Adrianaโ€™s poster was recognized at the state level, wherein 26 cities, including Happy Valley, participated. Her entry took second place and the Oregon Mayors Association awarded her with an additional monetary prize for her achievement.

Thank you to all the students who participated this year and to all the local schools that gave Mayor Ellis an opportunity to speak with the kids about this activity. If your student submitted a poster and would like to bring it back home, simply stop by City Hall before June 16 to retrieve it.