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Sallisaw student wins statewide "If I were Mayor" contest

Sallisaw teacher Brandy Reaves with student and state essay winner Jet Thompson

Thursday, March 17, 2022 - Each year the Mayor’s Council of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Municipal League host an essay contest for eighth grade students in Oklahoma. The topic of the essay, "If I were Mayor," provides students with the opportunity to engage in their local communities.

Sallisaw Middle School teacher Brandy Reaves said, "I had received word of the writing contest and decided to have my students participate. Sallisaw Mayor Ernie Martens took some time and came out to the school to explain to the class a little bit about his duties as mayor."

Mrs. Reaves class went straight to work on researching the role of a mayor and writing their essays.

"I was very pleased with the quality of writing that I received from my students. Therefore, I decided to submit all of their essays for the contest," Reaves added.

With over 800 entries from eighth grade students coming from all over the state, Reaves was ecstatic once she found out that one of her students, Jet Thompson, had won first place.

"I am so proud of Jet, and I feel honored to have a student accomplish such a feat," Reeves said.

Reaves and Thompson both attended the City of Sallisaw’s Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. During the meeting, Thompson had the opportunity to read his essay to city commissioners, and both were recognized for their outstanding work.

"It was very special and I appreciate the City of Sallisaw for recognizing us," Reaves added.

Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer

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