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Beaverton celebrates its 'If I Were Mayor ...' winners

Mayor Denny Doyle announced the winners of the “If I Were Mayor...” contest during the April 19 Beaverton City Council meeting.    -

This is the eighth year the city has participated in the competition sponsored by the Oregon Mayors Association. The Beaverton winner in each category received a $50 Visa gift card and will go on to compete in the statewide competition in July for an iPad Air 2 tablet.

“Thank you to all the students who participated and the teachers and parents who encourage civic engagement in our young people,” Doyle said. “Our youth never disappoint with their creativity.”

The Poster Contest winner for grades 4-5 was Jaeho Lee, a fourth-grader at Findley Elementary School. His poster portrayed a whole community that would be able to say “home sweet home,” and described services for the homeless and ways to make more temporary shelters.

The Essay Contest winner for grades 6 to 8 was Annika Wadhwani, a sixth grader at Highland Park Middle School. Her essay focused on making Beaverton safe, and offered suggestions on how to maintain landscapes and clean the community. She also stressed the importance of hiring staff that could be trusted.

The Video Contest winner for grades 9 to 12 was Ellie Younger, a ninth grader at the Arts and Communication Magnet Academy. If Ellie were mayor, she would have mobile libraries and use kittens to help with mental health issues. She would have hybrid cars for police officers to use and save the planet at the same time.

Mayor Doyle and the Beaverton City Council judged entries based on the criteria outlined by the Oregon Mayors Association, including creativity, clarity and sincerity of thought, proper grammar use, and subject relevancy.