Essay Contest

The judges for the 2014 "If I Were Mayor, I Would" essay contest met at the end of March to select 12 winners for the contest, picking one essay from each of GMA's 12 districts. Overall, GMA received more than 5,600 essays, making it a tough decision for the judges.

Many of the students this year wrote about homelessness, homeless pets and maintaining clean communities. Many students from the metro-Atlanta area also wrote about their plans to be prepared for inclement winter weather, reflecting on recent events this winter. Other students from around the state wrote specifically about issues facing their own communities. "It's clear the students put much thought into how they can improve where they live and make a difference," said GMA Director of Communications and Marketing Amy Henderson. "One day, these young people will be leaders in their communities, and they have shown great thoughtfulness in how they would do so."

The winners from the 2014 essay contest will be recognized at an awards luncheon in May. Each will receive a $250 check and other small prizes. The overall winner, selected from among the 12, will be revealed at the luncheon.

The 2014 winners are:

District 1 
Lola Thomas 
Moses Middle School 
Dallas, GA 

District 2 
Katherine Smith 
White County Middle School 
Cleveland, GA 

District 3 
Anne Trammell 
Cornerstone Christian Academy 
Johns Creek 

District 4 
John Michael Peacock 
Westwood Christian Academy 
Thomaston 

District 5 
Valeria Tamayo 
Morgan County Middle School 
Madison 

District 6 
Vennela Gosukonda 
Feagin Mill Middle School 
Warner Robins 
District 7
Madison Mobley 
Edmund Burke Academy 
Waynesboro 

District 8 
Savannah Godowns 
Double Churches Middle School 
Columbus 

District 9 
Gracie Orvin 
Appling County Middle School 
Baxley 

District 10 
Keon Guy 
Hutto Middle School 
Bainbridge 

District 11 
Nia Scott 
Valdosta Early College Academy 
Valdosta 

District 12 
Ethan Peacock 
Southeast Bulloch Middle School 
Brooklet