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    “If I were mayor . . .” regional essay winner Peyton McCormick with Scott City Mayor Everett Green. (Record Photo)

A project for the dogs

7th grader’s winning essay leading to pet exercise park

When the Scott City mayor visited with seventh graders last fall at Scott City Middle School, one of his comments made an impression on Peyton McCormick.

She recalled Mayor Everett Green saying that dogs running loose in the city was one of the complaints he hears most frequently.

Maybe dogs just need a place where they can exercise and burn off energy, reasoned the 13-year-old.

Her entry in the “If I were mayor . . .” essay contest suggested that one possible remedy for Scott City would be the development of a dog park. Her essay was named the Southwest Regional winner in the League of Kansas Municipalities essay contest and earned McCormick a trip to the state capitol in Topeka for the awards ceremony.

However, the essay made an impression on more than the judges.

While accompanying the young essay winner and her father, Brad, on the trip to Topeka, Mayor Green learned of the essay topic for the first time.

“As she was telling me about her essay I realized that we might be able to come up with a solution,” says Green.


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