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Junior Mayor Diego Flores-Cerezo with Mayor Jud Ashman & Council Member Ryan Spiegel

Junior Mayor Diego Flores-Cerezo,
with Council Member Ryan Spiegel & Mayor Jud Ashman

The 2019 Junior Mayor Contest has concluded. Diego Flores-Cerezo, a student at Summit Hall Elementary School, began his term on April 25, 2019. Congratulations, Diego. Read his winning essay here.

MML Mayor's Essay Contest

Deadline: March 27, 2020

Each year Maryland Municipal League (MML) and the Maryland Mayors Association invite 4th grade students throughout Maryland to participate in a statewide essay contest. This is a great opportunity for students to learn about local government & to showcase their creative writing talents. The entry form, deadline & instructions are available in the Documents box on this page.

Junior Mayor Contest

Deadline: March 1, 2020

The City takes the MML Mayor's Essay Contest one step further by selecting a winner specifically from its own community (Please use our Address & Parcel Map to see if residence falls within Corporate City Limits).

Mail or deliver copies of student essays with the student's name, address, teacher & school printed on the BACK to: Junior Mayor Contest c/o Patrice Payne, City Hall, 31 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg, MD 20877. MML entry form should not be included for the Junior Mayor contest.

Members of the Educational Enrichment Committee & City staff will review the essays & invite the top five scorers to a video interview with a panel of judges. Finalists will also be asked to propose a community service project that the Junior Mayor and his/her classmates will host, in which the Mayor & City Council and City staff can participate.

The Junior Mayor will be announced in April and will be officially introduced at Gaithersburg’s State of the City address, which takes place each April. He or she will also be invited to read their essay at a Mayor & City Council Meeting & it will be posted on the City’s website. The Junior Mayor will receive a gift card and be invited to participate in City events throughout the year, including the Book Festival, Memorial & Veterans Day Observances, SummerFest & Fireworks, Labor Day Parade, CHARACTER COUNTS! events, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and more.

Mayor Jud Ashman is available during the contest to visit classes to talk about local government and encourage contest participation. For more information & to schedule an appointment, please contact the Public Information Office.