Rochester students among winners, honorable mentions for Mayor for a Day Essay Contest

(ABC 6 News) – Out of nearly 300 entries two Rochester students have been named as a winner and an honorable mention in the Mayor for a Day Essay Contest.

Students in 4th, 5th and 6th grades submitted essays with their ideas for improving city services.

"The League of Minnesota Cities hosts this annual essay competition to raise awareness of city services that are part of our daily lives, and to inspire the next generation of city leaders."


  • Mallory Groskreutz (6th grade) – Waseca County/ New Richland
  • Emma Maleszewski (5th grade) – Rochester
  • Kylee Zobitz (6th grade) – Ely

Honorable Mentions:

  • Favor Ayumbu (6th grade) – Elk River
  • Paxton Fisher (6th grade) – Zimmerman
  • Scarlett Chance (6th grade) – Hartland
  • Elliana Johnson (4th grade) – Rochester

Winning essays will be published in the March-April issue of Minnesota Cities magazine. In addition to publication, winners receive a plaque and a check for $100. Honorable mention students receive a certificate and recognition in the magazine.

The Mayor for a Day Essay contest poses the question:

“Cities provide a variety of services and programs that make our lives better, including parks & rec, street maintenance, water and sewer, libraries, police, fire, and more! If you were mayor for a day, what would you do to make one of the services that your city provides even better?”