Know a student with big ideas, a compassionate heart, or a mature world-view? The City of Happy Valley is again participating in the 2019 Oregon Mayors Association (OMA) “If I were Mayor, I would…” contest. In this contest, students are invited to share their creative ideas about how they would govern the City of Happy Valley.

The City invites all 4th – 12th grade students residing in the City of Happy Valley to enter the contest. The deadline to submit an entry to City Hall is Friday, April 26th by 5:00 p.m.

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 a City Council meeting, and appear in the City Newspaper and Social Media.

All Happy Valley winners go on to compete at the statewide level for prizes and an invitation to the Oregon Mayors Conference award luncheon.

There are three grade-level contest categories:

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

An entry form must accompany every contest entry. Full contest rules are available here.

Additional resources for students.

For more information, please contact: Stephanie Warneke at 503-783-3823 or by email.


2018 winners, Kayla Magura of Rock Creek Middle School and Araya Ouanesisouk of Scouters Mountain Elementary!
(Araya went on to win First Prize at the Statewide competition!)

2018’s Winning Essay

2018’s Winning Poster