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The deadline for submissions in the 2018 Councilmember for a Day challenge sponsored by Councilmember Craig Rice (D-District 2) has been extended to Monday, July 16.

Current students in eighth grade through junior year in high school may enter by submitting a video of two minutes or less, or written essays of 500 words or less, that address two questions:

  • In your opinion, what is the most important public policy issue facing young people today?
  • What suggestions do you have for national, state and local leaders to address this issue?

Ten students will be chosen as finalists based on the quality and creativity of their entries. The finalists will receive prizes ranging from $25 to $250 and official council certificates at the council’s Youth Town Hall meeting in the fall.

The winning student will be selected from this group. That student will shadow Rice for a day and:

  • Be guest of honor at a council breakfast
  • Receive a council proclamation
  • Participate in a full council meeting, and
  • Receive a top prize of $500.

In addition, the winning student and his or her parents will have dinner with Rice and his staff.

“I am excited to see what our talented and socially conscious students will submit in terms of issues that are important to them,” said Rice in a press release. “I want our young people to know they are heard and that their ideas and views matter very much.”

The 2017 challenge winner was Moira Johnson from Montgomery Blair High School.

Entries for the 2018 contest can be submitted online. The deadline for entry is 5 p.m. Friday, June 15.

Mike Diegel

Co-Founder/Editor at Source of the Spring
Mike Diegel, a founding member of Source of the Spring, is a Silver Spring advocate who has been appointed by the county executive to several committees and task forces. He currently is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. His background is in journalism and he earned a bachelor of arts in communications from McDaniel College. He is self-employed as a communications consultant and is an active volunteer with Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. He has lived for more than 20 years in Northwood/Four Corners with his wife Trish and multiple Great Pyrenees dogs. He is better known around Silver Spring as the Guy with the Big White Dogs.
Councilmember for a Day Entry Deadline Extended