Stilwell student wins statewide mayor essay contest
Seth Brown, an eighth grader from Stilwell Middle School, is honored on Jan. 25 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives Chamber at the Oklahoma Capitol for winning the “If I Were Mayor” essay contest by the Mayors Council of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Municipal League. Presenting the award is Rep. David Hardin, R-Stilwell. COURTESY
OKLAHOMA CITY – Seth Brown, an eighth grade student at Stilwell Middle School, was awarded first place in the “If I Were Mayor” essay contest, which was sponsored by the Mayors Council of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Municipal League.
Eighth grade students from across the state were invited to participate in the contest. The goal was to promote a better understanding of municipal government and how it plays a role in all our lives. Contest winners were recognized on Jan. 25 during the Congress of Mayors held at the Oklahoma Capitol.
Brown’s essay expressed his desire to revitalize his hometown of Stilwell. He wrote that he believes a recreational center – complete with basketball courts, swimming pools, a fitness center, a library, classrooms and rinks for ice and roller skating – would benefit both adults and youth in the town.
“This could be done in stages through a partnership with Cherokee Nation, ” the CN citizen wrote.
Brown also expressed a desire to re-open Stilwell’s downtown movie theater and snack bar as a way to provide family entertainment and to produce income for the community, drawing families from other nearby towns.
In addition, Brown said Stilwell must focus on bringing new businesses and jobs to the town to reduce poverty. His vision includes restaurants and stores in vacant buildings. He said this could be accomplished by working with the Chamber of Commerce and other organizations and businesses.
Brown even accepts that his vision will not be accomplished overnight, but advocates that through hard work and successful partnerships it can be achieved. His essay finishes with a challenge for everyone to do their parts.
State Rep. David Hardin, whose House Dist. 86 covers Adair, Cherokee and Delaware counties, issued a citation to Brown to honor his achievement.
“I’m so proud of this young man and his vision for his community if he were to be mayor,” Hardin, R-Stilwell, said. “One of the things I’m most impressed with is that he not only promotes a list of positive improvements, but he backs it with good suggestions of partners to involve to make it work. I hope one day Mr. Brown really will consider entering public service where he can help enact some of the changes he envisions.”