Cities of all sizes across the state provide a variety of services and programs that make our lives better, including parks and recreation, street maintenance, water and sewer, libraries, police, fire, and more. But what could be done to make those services even better? More than 300 Minnesota fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-graders considered that question and shared their ideas for specific services in the League of Minnesota Cities’ (LMC) seventh annual Mayor for a Day Essay Contest.
The League sponsors this contest to help raise awareness among young people about the importance of city services, and to interest students in potential city government career opportunities.
Essay entry forms were available at the League’s “City Superpower” exhibit at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair and on the League’s website.
This year’s three winners are from the cities of Lake Crystal, Montgomery, and Elk River, and their essays are printed here. Three honorable mentions — from the cities of Rochester, Elk River, and Ham Lake — were also chosen. Winning entries were selected based on creativity, originality, and legibility. Winning essay writers will receive a commemorative plaque and a check for $100.
A special thanks to staff members from the League’s Engagement and Learning Department for their help evaluating essays, and to LMC President and Hopkins City Manager Mike Mornson and LMC Executive Director David Unmacht for choosing the winners and honorable mentions.
And, as always, thank you to all the students who participated in this year’s competition and to the families, friends, and teachers who encouraged our future mayors.
- Read winning essay by Brielle Brown, 5th grader from Lake Crystal
- Read winning essay by Clara Leonard, 6th grader from Montgomery
- Read winning essay by Gabriella Tobin, 6th grader from Elk River
The following students submitted entries that received honorable mentions:
- Apollo Homb, 4th grader from Rochester
- Elena Rangel, 6th grader from Elk River
- Brooklyn Smith, 4th grader from Ham Lake