“If I Were Mayor, I Would…” Contest


If I Were Mayor returns

The Oregon Mayors Association (OMA) “If I were Mayor” contest is an annual event the City of Happy Valley embraces as tradition. In this contest, students are invited to share their creative ideas about how they would govern the City of Happy Valley and local winners are submitted to a statewide competition. With the pandemic still creating an impact, the City will move forward with the contest virtually once again.

At its core, “If I Were Mayor” gives students the opportunity to take a closer look at their community and share their thoughts about safety, the environment, health, social services, youth programs and anything else they think is vital to the City. Engaging in this activity is a great way to stay connected to learning and spark some creativity. For students interested in taking part, here’s the plan:

Follow the guidelines for the assignment as outlined below. Send your finished product by Email via photo, text document, etc. to Communications Specialist, Stephanie Warneke at swarneke@happyvalleyor.gov. The deadline for submitting your finished product is 5 p.m. Friday, Apr. 23. *Given the circumstances, if students in the poster category are not able to obtain the necessary supplies to create an actual poster at the dimensions asked, please know it is okay to improvise. We understand.

There are three grade-level contest categories:

  • Grades 4 and 5 will compete in a poster contest. (no larger than 17” x 28”)
    *Please take a photo of your poster and submit electronically.
  • Grades 6 through 8 are asked to complete an essay (500-1,000 words).
  • Grades 9 through 12 will be asked for a digital media presentation (e.g. video, PowerPoint, Prezi, etc.)

One lucky Happy Valley winner from each age group will receive a $100 gift card from the City, recognition from the Mayor and City Council at an upcoming City Council Meeting, and appear in an issue of Happy Valley News and on Social Media.

The winning entries from each category will go on to compete at the statewide level for the chance at an additional prize.

An entry form must accompany every contest entry. See the flyer for full contest rules.

Additional resources for students:

What does a mayor do?
What services does a City provide?

For more information, please contact: Stephanie Warneke at 503-783-3823 or by swarneke@happyvalleyor.gov.

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