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Charlotte Balcher, Elijah Singleton win Beaverton's 'If I Were Mayor ...' contest

Poster winner Balcher attends Nancy Ryles while essay winner Singleton is at ISB


PHOTO COURTESY OF CITY OF BEAVERTON - The Beaverton City Council recognized the winners of the 2015 'If I Were Mayor' contest May 5. From left to right are Councilor Betty Bode, Councilor Marc San Soucie, poster contest winner Charlotte Balcher, Mayor Denny Doyle, essay contest winner Elijah Singleton, Councilor Cate Arnold and Council President Mark Fagin. Charlotte Balcher, a Nancy Ryles Elementary School fourth-grader, and Elijah Singleton, a sixth-grader at the International School of Beaverton, were named May 5 as winners of Beaverton’s annual “If I Were Mayor …” contest.Poster Winner

Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle announced the winners of the contest during the Beaverton City Council meeting on May 5. This is the seventh year Beaverton has participated in the contest sponsored by the Oregon Mayors Association. The local winner in each category received a $50 Visa gift card and will go on to compete in the statewide competition for an iPad Air tablet.

“Congratulations to our winners!” said Mayor Doyle. “It was difficult to choose this year, as we had so many great entries. I look forward to this competition every year, and our youth never disappoint with their creativity.”

Balcher won the poster contest, her entry portraying clean streets, clean water, neighborhood carnivals, senior centers, public restrooms and a balanced budget. The poster competition was open to fourth and fifth grade students.

Singleton won the essay contest for his piece offering suggestions for making Beaverton greener and for feeding the homeless. He also suggested a contest where the winner would be mayor for the day. The essay contest was open to sixth to eighth grade students.

Mayor Doyle and the Beaverton City Council judged entries based on the criteria outlined by the OMA. Judges considered creativity, clarity/sincerity of thought, proper use of grammar, and subject relevancy.

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