Rockville Student Earns Governor’s Citation for Essay
A Rockville fourth-grader is expected to get a Governor’s Citation for being one of ten regional winners of the Maryland Municipal League’s annual “If I Were Mayor” essay contest.
Governor Larry Hogan and other State and municipal leaders are scheduled to recognize the winners in a ceremony at the State House in Annapolis Thursday afternoon. Each winning student will receive a Governor’s Citation, an award plaque and a $100 cash prize from MML. Immediately following the ceremony, the students – along with their families and teachers – will be invited for boat ride out of Annapolis, on the Harbor Queen, according to a press release from MML.
Raquel Tolin of Farmland Elementary School in Rockville was the District 5 winner which included Montgomery and Howard counties, according to MML spokesperson Henry Halley.
MML’s “If I Were Mayor, I Would…” contest has, since its inception in 2001, challenged students to learn about civic duty and the important role of municipal governments, by creatively developing a vision of what they would do as mayor. This year, the students were challenged to tackle some challenges that a mayor may face in a fictional town called “Happy Town,” including questions related to constructing new park facilities. Each 275-word essay had to begin with: “If I Were Mayor, I would…” and answer three open-ended questions based on the 2015 theme, “Respect.” A complete list of the student honorees and the schools they attend are found on the MML website at http://mdmunicipal.org/index.aspx?nid=374.
You can read Raquel’s essay below.