Mayor for a Day Essay Contest


Essay Contest


Each spring the North Dakota League of Cities sponsors a statewide "Mayor for a Day" essay contest for third and seventh grade students. The “Mayor for a Day” contest encourages young people to think about public service and future community leadership.

The contest is open to any third and seventh grade student living in North Dakota. For specifics about the rules and process for submitting essays, click here or contact Carissa at 701-223-3518 or carissa@ndlc.org.

The essay winners are announced during City Government Week which is held in April each year. The essay winners will receive a $150 prize from the League and the winning essay will also be published in the League’s magazine, CITYScan.

2017 Mayor for a Day Essay Contest Winners

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Photo L to R: ND League of Cities Vice President and Jamestown Mayor Katie Andersen; Will Lindbo, Crosby; MacKenzie Rist, Burlington; Malory Kemp, Cavalier; Sloane McCray, Hazen; ND League of Cities Executive Director Blake Crosby (Photo credit: ND Dept. of Transportation)

Will Lindbo Essay
MacKenzie Rist Essay
Malory Kemp Essay
Sloane McCray Essay


The North Dakota League of Cities provides services and gives voice to the collective concerns of the state’s 357 cities. The Leagues vision strategy, “Service, advocacy, leadership education and support,” expresses the many programs and services offered by the League and is the vehicle through which we strive to help North Dakota's communities become Strong. Dynamic. Cities.