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From left, Merry Acres Middle School 12-year-old Armon Garner shakes hands with Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, and writing strategies teacher Rhonda Harden, center, as he receives a certificate for participating in the Georgia Municipal Association’s “If I Were Mayor I Would ... “ essay contest Thursday. More than 30 sixth-grade students from Dougherty County were recognized for taking the political writing challenge that included essays addressing education, jobs, public safety, bullying and the environment. The GMA contest includes 12 districts throughout the state and is expected to announce a winner this month.

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From left, Merry Acres Middle School 12-year-old Armon Garner shakes hands with Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, and writing strategies teacher Rhonda Harden, center, as he receives a certificate for participating in the Georgia Municipal Association’s “If I Were Mayor I Would ... “ essay contest.

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