Mayor for a Day: Students from four Minnesota cities win top honors

(Jan. 16, 2014 - St. Paul, Minn.) Entries submitted by elementary school students from the cities of Buffalo Lake, Hastings, Jordan, and Woodbury have been selected as winners from more than 300 submissions in the 2013 “Mayor for a Day” essay contest, sponsored by the League of Minnesota Cities. The essay contest, in its first year, was established in conjunction with the League’s Centennial anniversary celebration.

Students ages 7-12 were asked to write a brief essay to answer the question, “If you were mayor for a day, what would you do to make (city) services even better than they already are for all the people in your city?” There were two winners chosen in each of two age categories, 7-9 years old and 10-12 years old. They are:

7-9 years

  • Ellaina Esther Bergstrom, Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart Elementary School, Buffalo Lake
  • Haley Whipps, Jordan Elementary School, Jordan

10-12 years

  • Madeline Kovacich, Valley Crossing Community School, Woodbury
  • Victoria Roy, Hastings Middle School, Hastings

Each of the four winners will receive commemorative plaque from the League, along with a check for $100.

Five honorable mentions were also chosen for each age category. In the 7-9 year old category, they are Karly Breeggemann, Jordan; Quinn Hendel, Mendota Heights; Lila Rothenberger, East Grand Forks; Charlie Owen Sackett, Rochester; and Christopher Viktora-Croke, Hastings. Honorable mentions for the 10-12 year old category are Phillip Benson, Buffalo Lake; Dylan Diepold, Stewart; Krista Esch, Medford; Kayla Iwanski, Hibbing; and Maddie Mick, Farmington.

Entry forms for the 2014 “Mayor for a Day” essay contest will be posted on the League of Minnesota Cities web site beginning in September, and will also be distributed at the League’s State Fair display this summer.