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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

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 and to showcase their creative writing talents. When the contest opens, the entry form, deadline & instructions will be available in the Documents box on this page.

Junior Mayor Contest

The City takes the MML Mayor's Essay Contest one step further by selecting a winner specifically from its own community. Essays submitted by City residents will be reviewed by City staff & members of the Educational Enrichment Committee. Finalists will be invited to participate in a videotaped panel interview.

The winning essay 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. The program includes the opportunity for the Junior Mayor to host a service project involving his/her classmates, elected officials & City staff.

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.