Gaithersburg 4th-Grader Wins ‘If I Were Mayor’ Essay Contest

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Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz listens to Bianca Sanchez, a fourth-grader at St. Martin of Tours School in Gaithersburg, read her award-winning "If I Were Mayor, I Would ..." essay.

Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz listens to Bianca Sanchez, a fourth-grader at St. Martin of Tours School in Gaithersburg, read her award-winning “If I Were Mayor, I Would …” essay.

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GAITHERSBURG, Md. (CBSDC) – A Montgomery County fourth-grader has been selected as a winner of a statewide essay contest that asked students to put themselves in the mayor’s shoes.

Bianca Sanchez, 10, of St. Martin of Tours School in Gaithersburg, was named one of the state’s winners of the “If I Were Mayor, I Would … ” essay contest, a competition sponsored by the Maryland Municipal League to inspire children to consider public service involvement.

Sanchez’s essay was selected as one of 11 winners in a pool of more than 2,500 fourth-graders from around the state who submitted entries.

Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz met with Sanchez on Wednesday to congratulate her on becoming the city’s first statewide winner.

The contest, according to the MML, is designed to give students a chance to creatively use grade-specific language arts skills and social studies knowledge.

Sanchez and the other 10 winners will receive a Governor’s Citation presented by Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown at the 2013 Essay Award Ceremony on Tuesday at the State House in Annapolis. In addition, the winners will receive $100 cash and a boat cruise of Annapolis on the Harbor Queen.

WNEW’s Kimberly Suiters contributed to this report. Follow her and WNEW on Twitter.

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