Mayor & Council Honor GMA Essay Winner

Suba Senthil, District 2 winner of the Georgia Municipal Association’s “If I were Mayor” Essay Contest, was recognized by Mayor H. Ford Gravitt and the City Council during their meeting on May 19. Pictured with Senthil are her father, Senthil Ganesan, and mother, Rani Kumaran.

Piney Grove Middle student was one of 12 honorees out of 6,000 entrants

Mayor Ford Gravitt and the Cumming City Council recognized Piney Grove Middle School student Suba Senthil at the May 19 council meeting for her award-winning “If I were Mayor” essay.

The essay contest is sponsored by the Georgia Municipal Association, which selects winners from each of its 12 districts statewide. The contest is open to all sixth graders across the state, and invites them to write about what they would do if they were mayor of their local city.

Senthil won the contest for GMA District 2, which includes cities in Forsyth and 11 other northeast Georgia counties. In total, more than 6,000 students statewide wrote and submitted essays this year.

Mayor Gravitt invited Senthil and her parents to the front of council chambers for the recognition during the May 19 meeting.

“On behalf of the city and this council, it is my pleasure to recognize you for your winning entry, through which you demonstrated intellect, poise, and interest in your community and country,” Gravitt said.  “It’s exciting to know that you put so much thought into the actions you would take if you were mayor of this city.

“We congratulate you; we are proud of you and know that you will continue to do great things in school.  And someday, you may be sitting right up here.”

In her winning essay, Senthil noted that if she were mayor, she would focus on preserving the city’s natural beauty by creating more nature parks and trails, fix potholes, ban smoking in public places and establish more shelters and programs to protect animals.

As one of the 12 district winners of the contest, Senthil, her family, and a representative of the City of Cumming attended an awards luncheon on May 18 at the 755 Club at Turner Field, where she was recognized for her essay and received $250 and a trophy.


Suba Senthil, front row, first from left, was among 12 district winners honored during a Georgia Municipal Association awards luncheon on May 18 at the 755 Club at Turner Field in Atlanta. She attended the lunch with her father, Senthil Ganesan, and her younger sister, Mahita Senthil.