Aerie Yin, of Trenton Elementary School was 1 of 3 middle school students who won an essay contest sponsored by the Maine Municipal Association based on the theme "If I Led the Community".

Part of MMA’s Citizen Education program, the contest asked students to demonstrate how they would improve their hometowns and cities if they held positions of local leadership. In it's 10 year, the essays were judged on knowledge of municipal government; writing quality and clarity; and, originality.

In addition to Yin, the 2021 winners were  Lucia Bolanos, of the Shapleigh School (a resident of Kittery) and Ada Stenhouse, of Bruce M. Whittier Middle School in Poland. Each student will receive a certificate and a $250 prize to be used for educational purposes. The awards will be bestowed by municipal officials in their respective hometowns.

Winning entries also will be published in the May 2021 issue of Maine Town & City, MMA’s monthly magazine, which is mailed to 4,300 municipal officials statewide and posted at the MMA website

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