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'If I Were Mayor...' contest returns in spring

Young residents of St. Helens have until next April, and Scappoose residents until May, to tell their community what they would do if they were in charge.

The annual “If I Were Mayor, I Would...” contest, organized by the Oregon Mayors Association, challenges students to think of what they would do if they were mayor of their community and explain their vision through media.

Together with an entry form available from the city website, fourth- and fifth-graders submit a poster to illustrate what they would do if they were mayor of their city; sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders write a 500- to 1,000-word essay; and high school students create digital media presentations, such as a PowerPoint or video, of one to three minutes in length. Students being home-schooled are also eligible to enter at their equivalent grade level.

St. Helens is awarding a Kindle Fire HD reading tablet to local winners in each category next year, as well as a restaurant gift card for winners’ teachers. Qualifying entries will be reviewed at the St. Helens City Council’s scheduled afternoon work session on May 6, 2015.

Local winners in each category are entered into the state contest for a chance to win an iPad Air tablet computer. Statewide winners will receive their prizes during the Oregon Mayors Association’s summer conference on July 31, 2015, in Cottage Grove.

The deadline to submit an entry in the St. Helens contest is April 24, 2015, at 5 p.m. Submissions should be made to Lisa Scholl at PO Box 278, St. Helens, or to St. Helens City Hall at 265 Strand Street, St. Helens.

For more information, contact Scholl at 503-366-8216 or by email at lisa@ci.st-helens.or.us.

Scappoose is also participating in next year’s “If I Were Mayor...” contest.

The deadline for Scappoose’s contest is a couple weeks later than that of St. Helens. It is on May 8, 2015, at 4 p.m.

Scappoose residents seeking more information can contact Scappoose City Recorder Susan Reeves at 503-543-7146, ext. 224, or susanreeves@ci.scappoose.or.us.