The 2021-2022 “If I Were Mayor…” student competition is officially launched in Dallas. There are three categories, based on a student’s grade in school, and cash prizes will be awarded to winners of local and national competitions.
Dallas School District students submit nominations to the city by the March 1 deadline in each of three categories:
● Elementary School (Grades 4-5) – Poster Contest (The poster or a photo of the poster can be submitted. Photos must be in PNG, JPEG or BMP format)
● College (Grade 6-8) – Essay Contest (Word, PDF, PowerPoint or Prezi)
● High School (Grades 9-12) – Digital Media Presentations (videos only)
All entries will be judged by Mayor Brian Dalton and a panel of selected Dallas City Councilors. Prize money for local contest winners will be $100 – 1st prize; $75 – 2nd prize; and, $50 – 3rd prize. After your local contest is over, the city will submit the top prize winner in each category to the Oregon Association of Mayors for the statewide contest.
Statewide first place winners in each of the three categories will win $500. These students will receive their awards at the awards luncheon held during the OMA Summer Conference in Newport at the Best Western, August 11-14. The winners will be contacted in June to organize their trip. Second and third place winners win $300 and $100, respectively, and will receive their prizes at local municipal presentations.
For more information about the contest, including entry forms, contest rules, and information about what a mayor does, visit the City of Dallas website at www.dallasor.gov.
WOU Partners with UCCU to Expand Bilingual University Teachers Program
Unitus Community Credit Union has pledged $75,000 to Western Oregon University’s Bilingual Teacher Scholars (BTS) program to expand its efforts and fund an additional cohort of eight students.
The BTS program offers additional scholarships and supports for bilingual and bicultural students. get degrees for careers as Oregon K-12 teachers. Unitus’ three-year donation will specifically support eight transfer students from Oregon community colleges.
The Bilingual Teacher Scholars program – along with its related Diverse Teacher Scholars (DTS) program – offers bilingual and bicultural students an annual scholarship of up to $3,000, professional development opportunities, academic support, and personalized counseling. Graduates of the program earn a Bilingual/English Certificate for Speakers of Other Languages and may receive preferential recruitment into their school districts. The BTS specifically supports bilingual and bicultural students in Spanish and English; DTS helps students who are ethnically diverse or native speakers of a language other than English become Oregon K-12 teachers.
Both the BTS and DTS are intended for Oregon high school graduates or Oregon community college students gaining admission to WOU and incoming students to Master of Arts in Teaching (Secondary Education) or of Master of Science in Education (K-12 Special Education) from WOU.
Eligible students interested in the BTS or DTS programs must be a WOU student or make a first application for admission to WOU (wou.edu/apply). Once admitted, they must apply for the Bilingual Teacher Scholarship by March 1. Students must also take the Spanish Placement Test at wou.edu/spanish/placement no later than March 15. Additional information is available at wou.edu/bts.