Craig Middle School eighth-grader John T. Peroulis, right, high-fives seventh-grader Cole White as he crosses the stage of the auditorium. Peroulis and White took first place in their respective grades in an essay contest titled "If I were mayor."

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Craig Middle School eighth-grader John T. Peroulis, right, high-fives seventh-grader Cole White as he crosses the stage of the auditorium. Peroulis and White took first place in their respective grades in an essay contest titled "If I were mayor."

Craig Middle School writers awarded for thoughts on being mayor

— The city of Craig should look no further than its school system for leaders with bright ideas about the city's future.

On Tuesday afternoon, six Craig Middle School students were recognized for their work in the statewide essay contest “If I were mayor.” The idea was for each student to write about what he or she would do as the leader of a city to keep it running smoothly and keep the local community pleased.

Three essays by eighth-graders and three by seventh-graders were selected by Craig Mayor Terry Carwile and school counselors to represent the school in the state competition. All writers in the statewide competition have an opportunity at winning scholarship money.

In the seventh grade, Olivia Neece was awarded third place, Taylor Haddock was second and Cole White was the top seventh-grader.

White said his essay focused mostly on improving recreation in the community, including building a recreation center in Craig to offer more sports during the winter. He also said he would try to improve an attitude he sees as common in the area.

“A lot of people kind of say, ‘I’m from Moffat County, so I’m not smart,’” White said. “I would want to get rid of that thought. I would do what I could to show that’s not true.”

In the eighth grade, Maris Hulstine was third, Mattie Jo Duzik was second and John T. Peroulis was given the top award.

Peroulis said one of his major goals as mayor would be to strengthen the police force to help Craig continue to be a safe place. He also thought a recreation center would be a key improvement for Craig.

“I would want to bring a rec center here,” he said. “That would bring in a lot of money and help boost the economy here.”

The state competition will be judged during the next couple of weeks with results coming out in May, CMS faculty member Trish McGee said.

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com.

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