Western Pines Student Takes Second In Essay Contest

The Florida League of Mayors recently announced the 2023 “If I Were Elected Mayor” essay contest winners. Hosted annually, the contest is sponsored by the Florida League of Mayors and the Florida League of Cities.

The contest required participants to write a 250-word essay describing how they would make a difference in their community if they were elected mayor and how Home Rule, the ability for local governments to address local problems with local solutions, helps make their community a great place to live. All middle school students in the state were invited to participate. More than 750 essays were submitted.

This year’s contest winners are: First place, Carmin Farrington, Championship Academy of Distinction of West Broward (Lauderhill); second place, Isabelle Jo Petit, Western Pines Middle School (Westlake); and third place, Susanna Stille, Gulf Coast Classical Academy (Clearwater).

All three contest winners will be recognized by their mayors during meetings of their local government. They will be presented with a joint resolution from the Florida League of Cities and the Florida League of Mayors and have their essays published on the Florida League of Mayors web site and by the Florida League of Cities’ Quality Cities magazine.