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Feagin Mill sixth grader wins statewide essay contest

Katelynn Carr may have just wrapped up sixth grade at Feagin Mill Middle School, but she has ideas about how she would improve her community if she were in charge. Carr recently won a statewide “If I Were Mayor, I Would . . .” essay contest, sponsored by the Georgia Municipal Association.

Among her suggestions: Add more recycling bins, establish a recreation center and provide grants to small businesses.

Katelynn’s essay was one of 337 received from students in GMA’s sixth district, according to a news release. Katelynn and the other 11 winners were honored at a luncheon in Atlanta on May 18. Each winner received $250. Katelynn’s family, teacher Brittany Wilbreath and Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms joined her at the luncheon.

“The essays we receive offer great insight into what is really important to our young people,” GMA Executive Director Lamar Norton said. “They have great ideas, and we commend Katelynn for her well-written, thoughtful essay.”

The essays were judged based on creativity, clarity, sincerity of thought and proper use of grammar, according to the news release. The winners were chosen by a panel of officials who are also educators or involved in youth programs.

The Atlanta-based GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization providing legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit and consulting services to its 520 member cities.