March 27, 2018

Know a student with big ideas, a compassionate heart, or a mature world-view? The City of Happy Valley is again participating in the 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.

Last year, Happy Valley had outstanding participation in the contest with nearly 200 students from local elementary and middle schools submitting entries.

The contest has proven to be a great way to encourage students to take a close look at their community and share their thoughts about safety, the environment, health, social services, youth programs and more. Their fresh thoughts and perspective are looked forward to each year.

There are three categories based on student grade: elementary school (grades 4-5), middle school (grades 6-8), and high school (grades 9-12). Each age category is asked to submit a different type of entry. Elementary school applicants are asked to provide a 17” x 28” poster with their ideas, while middle school students are asked to write an essay, and high school students are tasked with producing a digital media presentation using video, PowerPoint, Prezi, or other application. Contest details and entry forms can be found here. Visit the Oregon Mayors Association for additional information.

Need help getting started? The Happy Valley Library is a great resource for students looking to participate this year. The library computers are outfitted with the software programs needed and free Internet access.

The deadline for submitting contest entries is 5:00 p.m. April 27, 2018. The winner of each age group in the Happy Valley contest will be awarded a $100 gift card. The winning submissions will then be entered in the statewide contest, where they will have a chance to win an Apple iPad Air 2 tablet.

We cannot wait to see what our students come up with!


**Don’t forget to include an entry form with your contest submission!