Portsmouth Student Wins Regional of Statewide Essay Contest

A 7th grade student at Churchland Middle School has been selected as a winner a statewide essay contest. Terrence Massenburg was the Region 8 winner in the Virginia Municipal League’s “If I Were Mayor” essay contest.

Massenburg’s essay was centered around the theme, “The first thing that I would do If I were Mayor is help people recycle and reduce waste.” You can read his essay, and the other winners, here.

Each year, VML invites Virginia’s 7th grade students to participate in the “If I Were Mayor” essay contest by submitting their descriptions of what they would do as mayor to make their cities and towns great places to live. This school year, of the more than 1,200 essays submitted by students from across the Commonwealth.

Governor Terry McAuliffe presented the awards to the essay contest winners during a ceremony at the Library of Virginia. Massenberg was also honored by Portsmouth Mayor John L. Rowe Jr. and members of city council.