Enter the Essay Contest

2018 Essay Contest

This contest is open to students in the 7th grade during the 2018/19 school year. Essays must address the subject and begin with "If I were mayor, I would...." and may not exceed 250 words. Submissions will be judged based on creativity, clarity, sincerity of thought and proper use of grammar. All entries to the Burlington contest that meet the requirements will be submitted to the state contest. For full contest rules, see the Iowa League of Cities website.

Click HERE to enter your essay.


2017 Essay Contest Winner

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

The winner is Gabriella Deery of Notre Dame Middle School.  A proclamation was presented to Gabriella at Notre Dame Middle School on October 12, 2017.

The contest was open to all students in Burlington schools enrolled in the 7th grade during the 2017-2018 school year.  Essays were judged by Jill Larkins, an employee from the Burlington Public Library, based on creativity, clarity, sincerity of thought and proper use of grammar.

Congratulations to Gabriella, her parents and her teacher!

Click HERE to read her essay.


2017 Winner - Gabriella Deery & Mayor McCampbell

Deery