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Winners announced for ‘If I Were Mayor’ essay contest

Chibunkem Onyinanya and Nicholas Saucedo honored at Jonesboro City Council meeting

Suder Elementary student Chibunkem Onyinanaya reads her winning essay ‘If I Were Mayor’ contest at the Jonesboro City Council meeting Monday while Mayor Joy Day looks on. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

Suder Elementary student Chibunkem Onyinanaya reads her winning essay ‘If I Were Mayor’ contest at the Jonesboro City Council meeting Monday while Mayor Joy Day looks on. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

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Nicholas Saucedo, a sixth grader at Jonesboro Middle School, reads his winning essay for the ‘If I Were Mayor’ contest Monday at the Jonesboro City Council meeting. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

JONESBORO — Awards were handed out Monday evening to the winners of “If I Were Mayor” essay contest.

Chibunkem Onyinanya, a fifth grader at Suder Elementary School, and Nicholas Saucedo, a sixth grader at Jonesboro Middle School, were invited to read their winning essays to attendees of the Jonesboro City Council meeting.

Onyinanya’s essay spoke of education, health and bullying in schools. She proposed that striving to surpass the CRCT minimum standards would be better for students and helping children with bullying in schools would also help with earning a better education.

“These changes will help make Jonesboro a happier and safer place to live,” she said.

Saucedo talked about the importance of education, tourism and transportation in the city.

“Tourism will help bring money and jobs to the community,” he said.

The contest is in its second year and runs in conjunction with Georgia Cities Week.

“This gives students a chance to learn more about what government does,” said Councilwoman Pat Sebo, chairman of the essay contest.

“We get to learn what’s important to them and what impacts them and their families,” she said.

Sebo said the city received “a lot of wonderful essays” and that it was hard to choose the winners.

“It was really phenomenal,” Sebo said.

The students were awarded with a trophy and gift card for their winning essays.

Additionally, in celebration of Georgia Cities Week, Mayor Joy Day talked about the privilege of living in a small city.

“It’s a great feeling,” she said.

Following the meeting, the city hosted an ice cream social for residents.