Students capture prizes in the annual 'If I Were Mayor' contest, sponsored by the League of Oregon Cities.

SUBMITTED PHOTO: CITY OF ST. HELENS - Anna Richardson is a fifth grade winner in the student contest. Winners have been announced for the 2021 "If I Were Mayor" student contest in St. Helens.

Results were announced at the April 21 St. Helens City Council meeting.

In the fourth- to fifth-grade category, fifth-grader Anna Richardson won first place while fourth-grader Sebastian Bean grabbed second place.

In the sixth- to eighth-grade category, Addison Wells (seventh grade) won first place and taking second place was Olivia Fantus (sixth grade).

For ninth to 12th grades, Hayden Stram (nineth grade) won first place while Katelyn Wells (ninth grade) was the second-place winner.

Students submit entries in one of three categories. A poster competition takes place for grades 4-5, an essay competition is for grades 6-8, and for high school students, the city wants to see a digital media presentation.

This was the first year that the city offered both first- and second-place prizes for winning submissions.

First-place winners received $150 and second-place winners received $50. First-place winners get a chance to go to the state competition and can win a $500 prize.

The city announced, "A few of the student proposals included repairing potholes and crosswalk signals, improving local parks, hosting a convention for kids featuring books, science, art and cooking."

Other ideas advanced by students included building sidewalks along major roads to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety and promoting early literacy to improve childhood success.

Winners will be invited to have lunch with Mayor Rick Scholl to discuss their ideas and learn how local government functions.

The popular yearly contest is held in partnership with the Oregon Mayors Association.

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