Rifle girl’s essay a winner in ‘If I Were Mayor’ contest

A Rifle student was one of four winners of the Colorado Municipal League’s annual essay contest.

Annie Schmidt of Rifle Middle School won in the West region.

Hers was among more than 350 essays from seventh- and eighth-graders across the state who entered in CML’s “If I Were Mayor…” contest.

The four winners will received $500 to establish scholarship accounts with CollegeInvest, a nonprofit division of the Colorado Department of Higher Education that helps parents save for college for their children.

The four also will have a chance to attend the league’s annual conference in Vail next month, where they will receive their awards and be able to present their essays to local government officials. Other winners were from Longmont, Colorado Springs and Peetz.

The essays were read by five judges, including Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory H. Hobbs and Telluride Mayor Stuart Fraser. The league is a nonprofit group that represents 265 cities and towns in the state.


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