Fourth-Grader To Become Rockville’s Mayor For a Day

Lakewood Elementary student won statewide essay contest on municipal leadership


Via City of Rockville

A Lakewood Elementary School student will see what it’s like to serve as mayor of the city of Rockville.

Fourth-grader Samhitha Maramreddy earned the opportunity after winning a statewide essay contest sponsored by the Maryland Municipal League and the Maryland Mayors’ Association, according to a press release. On May 25, Samhitha’s day as honorary mayor, she will tour the city police department and Croydon Creek Nature Center and eat lunch with Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton, the city release stated.

Samhitha’s “If I Were Mayor” essay was one of 11 winning entries selected from a pool of more than 2,100. As part of the contest, Samhitha designed a community center that would be free to use and would offer chess, sports and arts and crafts programs.

“Part of the library would have braille and audio books so people with disabilities can get both education and entertainment,” she wrote, according to the city release.

As a contest winner, Samhitha will receive $100, a citation from Gov. Larry Hogan and a boat cruise of Annapolis. She’ll also be recognized at a Rockville city meeting on Monday and will participate in the city’s May 29 Memorial Day parade.

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