One Appling County Middle School sixth grade student had a far different day than her peers on Thursday, May 8, including a limousine ride with Baxley Mayor Steve Rigdon. Gracie Orvin, daughter of Lantz and Marissa Orvin, was selected as the District Nine winner for the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) “If I were Mayor, I would” essay contest. Gracie’s essay was chosen as one of twelve statewide winners from the 5,624 total submitted.
GMA honors the District winners with a luncheon at the 755 Club at Turner Field, Home of the Braves, in Atlanta. Recognizing this tremendous honor for Gracie and the City of Baxley, Mayor Steve Rigdon took Gracie by limousine to the 755 Club. Gracie was awarded a commemorative plaque and $250.00 from GMA. Joining Gracie and Mayor Rigdon for the luncheon and limousine ride were Lantz and Marissa Orvin, Melanie Clark, ACMS teacher, James Clark, Marianne Rigdon, Keeli Rigdon and Cristen Floyd.
The essay contest is part of GA Cities Week cosponsored by the City of Baxley and GMA. Other events include a seventh grade Brain Bowl and eighth grade Mock City Council.