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The fifth-grader at Tom McCall Upper Elementary School earned $100 for her third-place finish.

COURTESY PHOTO - Forest Grove Mayor Pete Truax presents Averi Gustafson with a certificate and a $100 check for placing third at the state's 'If I Were Mayor, I Would...' contest, in her home room at Tom McCall Upper Elementary School June 8.Forest Grove's Averi Gustafson was selected as the third-place winner in the Oregon Mayors Association's (OMA) "If I Were Mayor, I Would…" contest at the state level.

Gustafson, a fifth-grade student at Tom McCall Upper Elementary School, was the Forest Grove city winner, and her poster was sent to the state-level competition, where it was judged against other cities' entries for a first-place award of $500.

Second-place winners received a check for $300, while Gustafson received a $100 check for her third-place finish, in addition to the $50 she was awarded for winning the local Forest Grove contest.

Forest Grove Mayor Pete Truax presented the fifth-grader with a certificate and her prize winnings as part of a celebration Tuesday, June 8, which included donuts for her entire class in her home room at Tom McCall.

COURTESY PHOTO - Averi Gustafson's 'If I Were Mayor, I Would...' contest's award-winning poster.Truax said he did and always enjoys presenting the annual award and is grateful for those who participate.

"I always appreciate the students who participate," the mayor said. "If I could, I would hold doughnut distribution for everyone who participated."

Gustafson and the other winners will be recognized in the OMA's quarterly newsletter and on the OMA website. The annual contest asks students to submit entries for one of three categories: grades 4-5 submit posters; grades 6-8 submit essays; and grades 9-12 submit digital presentations.

Gustafson is the daughter of Chad and Beth Gustafson.

Forest Grove's Payton Edwards was the city's local essay winner.

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