Students receive honors in 2021 Mayor for a Day Essay Contest

(Jan. 31, 2022 – St. Paul, Minn.) Minnesota students from fourth, fifth, and sixth grades recently submitted their ideas for improving city services as part of the League of Minnesota Cities’ ninth annual Mayor for a Day Essay Contest. The League hosts this annual essay competition to raise awareness of city services that are part of our daily lives, and to inspire the next generation of city leaders.

From among nearly 300 entries, three winners and four honorable mention recipients were chosen for the 2021 competition.


  • Mallory Groskreutz (6th grade) – Waseca County/ New Richland
  • Emma Maleszewski (5th grade) – Rochester
  • Kylee Zobitz (6th grade) – Ely

Honorable Mentions:

  • Favor Ayumba (6th grade) – Elk River
  • Paxton Fisher (6th grade) – Zimmerman
  • Scarlett Chance (6th grade) – Hartland
  • Elliana Johnson (4th grade) – Rochester

Winning essays will be published in the March-April issue of Minnesota Cities magazine. In addition to publication, winners receive a plaque and a check for $100. Honorable mention students receive a certificate and recognition in the magazine.

The mayors of all winning and honorable mention students are notified of the results. This year, several cities from across the state will also be providing local recognition for participating students.

The Mayor for a Day Essay contest poses the question:

“Cities provide a variety of services and programs that make our lives better, including parks & rec, street maintenance, water and sewer, libraries, police, fire, and more! If you were mayor for a day, what would you do to make one of the services that your city provides even better?”

An educational resource, “What Does a Mayor Do?” is included along with entry materials on the League’s website: