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Banner School fourth-grade student Madeline Oliver of Frederick was one of 11 winners of the Maryland Municipal League’s 2013 “If I were Mayor, I would ...” statewide essay contest.

The contest challenges fourth graders across Maryland to think like a mayor and share their vision for the future of their local municipal governments.

Oliver’s essay was in part to “encourage new businesses to come to my city. This is a good idea because it will bring in more people, bring in more tax money, and create new jobs.”

She and the other district winners will be recognized by Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, receive a Governor’s Citation, an award plaque, and $100 cash in a private ceremony on May 14 at the Maryland State House in Annapolis.

Since 2001, MML’s “If I were Mayor, I would ...” essay contest has challenged students to learn about municipal government through creatively sharing their thoughts on being a mayor. Each 275-word essay had to open with the line “If I were Mayor, I would ...” and answer three questions based around the 2013 theme, “Vision for the Future.” The contest was open to any Maryland student enrolled in the fourth grade during the 2012-2013 school year. Each municipality decides if and how they would like to honor local participants.

Essays were judge based on: essay relation to contest topic; displayed knowledge about municipal government and the role of a mayor; creativity; and proper use of grammar. For more information, visit