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Winners of Oregon City's "If I Were Mayor..." Contest Announced (Photo) - 04/04/24

Oregon City took part in the statewide contest held by the Oregon Mayor's Association. Local governments were invited to have children in their community participate in the contest, with winners at the local level then going on to compete at the state level. The contest was open to all students attending schools within the Oregon City School District, as well as kids enrolled in private, charter and home school.

Students in fourth and fifth grades created posters, middle schoolers in grades six through eight wrote essays, and high school students entered with a digital media presentation. 

Oregon City received numerous entries that were judged by the Youth Advisory Commission, and the top entrants were recognized by Mayor Denyse McGriff and Youth Advisory Commission Chair Brianna Nizic during a presentation at the regular meeting of the City Commission. 

The essay contest winner was Gabriel Castellano, a student at Alliance Charter Academy.

Poster contest winners were: 

3rd Place: Bodan Chiarratti
2nd Place: Makenzie Malsed
1st Place: Brittney Gil-Rosales

All three of winning poster entries were fifth-graders at Candy Lane Elementary.

The winners in both categories received $75, while the second place winner in the poster contest took home $50 and the third place finalist $25. The winners of both categories are moving on to the State level competition, where they will represent Oregon City.

Oregon City Unveils C-SweeP0 Street Sweeper Name By Local Child (Photo) - 03/28/24

A new street sweeper is hitting the road in Oregon City with a special name given to it by a local 8-year old.

Kennedy Gibb, who was 7 at the time of the Name The Street Sweeper contest, had the winning entry with C-Sweep0. The name is a play on words using the golden droid of Star Wars fame “C-3P0” as inspiration. 

An avid Star Wars fan, Gibb’s suggestion won the popular vote in a landslide last year.

Following a brief unveiling ceremony Thursday afternoon at the Oregon City Public Works Fir Street facility, Gibb got the opportunity to take a ride in the sweeper and see how it operates. She’ll get another chance to show off the sweeper during the annual Teddy Bear Parade in Oregon City on May 4.

The contest was held by the City of Oregon City as part of National Public Works Week last May. Children were invited to enter their choices at the Oregon City Public Library. The top five suggestions were then listed on Facebook for people to vote on. The winner was announced during the City’s annual Touch A Truck event in July.

The delay in the unveiling was the result of lingering pandemic-era supply chain issues, as the sweeper had been delayed by the manufacturer a number of times before the City was able to take delivery earlier this month. 


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