If I Were Mayor...

Mayor Joe Buck, along with the Oregon Mayors Association, invite Lake Oswego students grades 4-12, including home-schooled students, to participate in the “If I Were Mayor...” contest where students can share their creative and inspirational ideas about what they would do as a mayor.

First, second and third place winners will be selected from the following categories:

  • Posters (grades 4-5)
  • Essays (grades 6-8)
  • Digital Media Presentations (grades 9-12)

First place Lake Oswego winners in each of the three categories will win a gift card to a local business of their choice for $250, Second place winners will receive $150 and third place winners will receive $100.

The winners will also receive recognition from the Mayor and City Council at a City Council meeting this spring.  The three local winning entries will then be submitted to the statewide competition for the opportunity to win $500. These students will receive their prizes at an awards ceremony during the OMA Annual Summer Conference.

Entries must be submitted by March 18, 2022.

Completed applications can be submitted online, mailed or dropped off in-person. Mail or drop off completed form to:

City of Lake Oswego
Attn: Bonnie Hirshberger
380 A Avenue
P.O. Box 369
Lake Oswego, OR  97034

For more information about contest, please contact Bonnie Hirshberger at 503-675-3992.

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Contest Rules

General Rules:

  • All submissions must be accompanied by a completed entry form. All forms for students under age 18 must be signed by the student’s parent or guardian. Entry forms may be photocopied.
  • Only one submission per student will be accepted at the local and state level.
  • Previous statewide winners may participate, but are not eligible to receive a prize in the same category (grade level) they previously won in. They are eligible to receive a prize in a new category.
  • State level submissions become the property of the Oregon Mayors Association (OMA).
  • OMA retains the right to publish state-level entries along with the names and likenesses of each student.
  • League of Oregon Cities (LOC) employees and dependents are not eligible to enter.

Posters (Take a photo of the poster, save as PNG, JPEG or BMP file)

  • The poster contest is open to students enrolled in grades 4 and 5 or being home-schooled at the same grade level for the 2021-22 school year.
  • Poster size must be a minimum of 17” and a maximum of 28” in height or width.
  • Students are encouraged to be creative and may use any art medium (e.g., poster paints, felt pens, colored pencils, pastels, crayons, three-dimensional art, etc.). The poster may be in color or black and white.
  • The student’s name and a daytime phone number or email address for their parent or guardian must appear on the back of the poster.

Essays (Formats allowed: Word, PDF, PowerPoint, Prezi)

  • The essay contest is open to students enrolled in grades 6 through 8 or being home-schooled at the same grade level for the 2021-22 school year.
  • Essays must be 500 to 1,000 words in length and typed.
  • The student’s name and a daytime phone number or email address for their parent or guardian must appear at the top of the essay.

Digital Media Presentations (Formats allowed: MP4, Visme, Pitcherific, VideoScribe. PowerPoint is now for Essays only.)

  • The digital media presentation contest is open to students enrolled in grades 9 through 12 or being home-schooled at the high school level for the 2021-22 school year.
  • Presentations must be one to three minutes in length and may be submitted on disk or emailed.
  • The student's name and a daytime phone number or email address for their parent or guardian must be written on the disk or disk sleeve or in the title of the electronic file.