Enter the Essay Contest

Click here to submit your Essay for 2016

We’re inviting all 7th grade students in Burlington schools to participate in the “If I were Mayor” essay contest , to tell others what they would do as mayor to make the City of Burlington a great place to live, work and play.

Contest Rules

  • The contest is open to all students in Burlington schools enrolled in the 7th grade during the 2016-2017 school year.
  • Essays may not exceed 250 words and must fit on one page.
  • Essays must address the subject and begin with “If I were mayor, I would...”
  • Only one essay may be submitted per student.
  • Essays will be judged based on the following: creativity, clarity, sincerity of thought and proper use of grammar.
  • Essays must be uploaded to the City of Burlington website by October 7, 2016.
  • A city of Burlington wristband will be mailed to each participant at the provided home address.
  • Essays will not be returned and will become the property of the city of Burlington.
  • The city of Burlington retains the right to publish essays along with the names and likenesses of each student.
  • The student and student’s parent must agree to stated Contest Rules.

Winners will be announced during City Day in the Park,October 15, 2016.

2015 Essay Contest Winner

We are pleased to announce the winner of the City of Burlington's first annual 7th grade essay contest, "If I Were Mayor..."

The winner is

Catherine Walsh

, daughter of Amy and Charles Walsh. Catherine attends Notre Dame Schools and her teacher is Susan Veach. A Proclamation was presented to Catherine at the October 19 City Council meeting. Catherine, her parents, and Mayor Shane A. McCampbell will also join firefighters for dinner at Central Fire Station at a time convenient to all involved. 

The contest was open to all students in Burlington schools enrolled in the 7th grade during the 2015-2016 school year. Essays were judged by award-winning children's author Sandra Levins based on creativity, clarity, sincerity of thought, and proper use of grammar.

Congratulations to Catherine, her parents, and her teacher!

Read the winning essay.