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“If I Were Mayor, I Would…” Contest

2021-2022 If I Were Mayor Contest Information

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.

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, follow the guidelines for the assignment as outlined below:

There are three grade-level contest categories:

  • Grades 4 and 5 will compete in a poster contest. (Poster size must be a minimum of 17” and a maximum of 28” in height or width. Students may use any art medium (e.g., poster paints, felt pens, colored pencils, pastels, crayons, three-dimensional art, etc.). The poster may be in color or black and white. The student’s name and a daytime phone number or email address for their parent or guardian must appear on the back of the poster. Submit by dropping off the poster and entry form to City Hall by the deadline. You may also submit your poster by taking a photo and sending electronically.
  • Grades 6 through 8 are asked to complete an essay (minimum 500-maximum1,000 words).
  • Grades 9 through 12 will be asked for a digital media presentation (video, PowerPoint, Prezi, etc.)

One lucky Happy Valley winner from each age group will receive a $100 cash 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.

Please 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. Monday, March 28, 2022. 

Curious what other local students have submitted? Check out Happy Valley’s 2021 contest winners to view some examples.

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