Friday, January 20, 2017

E.B. Stanley Middle School Student Wins “If I Were Mayor” Essay Contest

TOWN OF ABINGDON
Abingdon, Virginia

E.B. Stanley Middle School Student Wins “If I Were Mayor” Essay Contest
Dillon McReynolds, a 7th grader at E.B. Stanley Middle School, was selected as the Region 1 winner of the Virginia Municipal League’s “If I Were Mayor” essay contest. He will travel to Richmond to receive his award at Virginia Municipal League Day, on January 25, 2017, at the Library of Virginia; at 3:00 p.m. McReynolds will be presented a certificate from Governor McAuliffe and a $150 cash prize. He was one of the eight regional winners selected.

“This is the first year that the Mayor's office has asked students to participate in the VML contest and we are pleased beyond words that one of our students won VML's statewide award,” said Mayor Cathy Lowe. “I extend our gratitude and congratulations to Dillon McReynolds, his parents, his teacher Courtney Turman, and E.B. Stanley Middle School. We are proud of all involved in this great honor.”


The “If I Were Mayor” essay contest is conducted by the Virginia Municipal League as part of promoting good local government. This contest allows 7th grade students from all over the state of Virginia to describe what they would do if they were Mayor of their hometown. The essay contest is a key component of the league’s civic education programming, which seeks to teach schoolchildren and adults how local government works and how they can become more involved in making their communities better places to live, work and play.

Pictured: Dillon McReynolds


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VML Announces Winners of
The 2016 “If I Were Mayor” Essay Contest

(January 19, 2017) -- Each fall, the Virginia Municipal League (VML) invites all Virginia 7th graders to participate in its “If I Were Mayor” essay contest. The essays describe what the students would do as mayor to make their cities and towns great places to live.

This year, more than 1,200 essays were submitted by students from across the Commonwealth.

Governor Terry McAuliffe will present the awards to this year’s eight regional winners at a special ceremony to be held January 25 at the Library of Virginia in Richmond.

The winners are:

Region 1: Dillon McReynolds of Abingdon
Region 2: Andrew Middleton of Covington
Region 3: Sadie Dryden of Buena Vista
Region 4: Skyla Rain of South Boston
Region 5: Liv Scappa of Falls Church
Region 6: Maha Laiq of Warrenton
Region 7: Jerry (Trey) N. Mitchell III of Lawrenceville (statewide winner)
Region 8: Terrence Massenburg of Portsmouth


About VML’s “If I Were Mayor” Essay Contest
The annual “If I were Mayor Contest” invites seventh graders from throughout Virginia to submit essays describing what they would do if they were mayor of their hometown.  Entries are due around December 1 each year. The essay contest is a key component of VML’s civic education programming, which seeks to teach schoolchildren and adults how local government works and how they can become involved in making their communities better places to live, work and play.

About VML
The Virginia Municipal League is a statewide, nonprofit, nonpartisan association of local governments established in 1905 to improve and assist local governments through legislative advocacy, research, education and other services.  The membership includes all 38 cities in the state, 160 towns and eight counties. See www.vml.org.

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