Winners of the contest will be in the running for an iPad Air 2 tablet computer.

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF FOREST GROVE - This poster by Brockton Thatcher was last year's winner in the 'If I Were Mayor...' contest for Forest Grove fourth- and fifth-graders.For the young and civic-minded, the City of Forest Grove and the Oregon Mayors Association are encouraging submissions in the city's annual "If I Were Mayor..." contest before next Friday, April 13.

Students in the fourth and fifth grades can make a creative poster, students in the sixth through eighth grades can write a 500- to 1,000-word essay, and high school students can create a digital media presentation outlining what they would do if they were mayor of Forest Grove.

Homeschool students are invited to make submissions as well for their equivalent grade levels.

The contest is held every year. Winners in each of the three categories are recognized by Mayor Pete Truax and the Forest Grove City Council, and they will advance to the statewide contest for a chance to win an Apple iPad Air 2 provided by Facebook.

Statewide winners will be awarded during the Oregon Mayors Association's summer conference in late July. This year's conference will be in Florence.

Details on how to enter the contest are available on the city's website.

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