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Mayor for a day applications are now being accepted by City

By: Sara Wilson

  |  Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2014 10:28 am

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The City of Airdrie and the Airdrie Youth Council are looking to Airdrie youth to take over the city’s top job.

Students in grades 5 to 12 are encouraged to submit a new idea or change for an existing program or policy as part of the Mayor for a Day Challenge.

“Airdrie youth offer a unique perspective on our city,” said Mayor Peter Brown.

“This program is a great opportunity to draw on the creativity, innovation and passion that Airdrie’s youth has to offer.”

Two winners will be selected as part of the contest, one in middle school and one in high school.

Each will receive an iPad mini and be declared Mayor for a Day.

Last year, then Grade 6 Ralph McCall School student Ayden Makarus and Bert Church High School’s Danica McDonald took over for Brown.

Makarus won with his idea for a railway overpass and McDonald took top spot with her ideas on curbside recycling.

Applications will be shortlisted by a panel that consists of members of the Airdrie Youth Council and City of Airdrie staff. This panel will then make a recommendation to City council, who will then make the final decision on winners.

Final judging will occur in June and will allow applicants to personally present their ideas to the judging panel. Applicants should be prepared to spend five to 10 minutes presenting their idea with a brief question-and-answer period from the judging panel.

A date for the judging panel was not known as of press time.

The Judging panel will rate the entries on a scale of one through 10 in the following criteria: the originality of the idea, the marketability and cost of the idea, the ability of the City of Airdrie to implement the idea and the overall benefit of the idea to Airdrie citizens.

Applications will be accepted until May 30, 2014.

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