Katelyn O'Connor was among 39 semifinalists in the Maryland Municipal League's Mayor's Essay Contest.
The contest is designed to help youth understand government. During Monday's meeting, the town recognized Katelyn, a fourth-grade St. Margaret's School student, for her achievement.
"We're biased, we think you should have one," Mayor Edward Hopkins said to Katelyn during the presentation.
Katelyn also read her essay aloud to the audience in Bel Air Town Hall.
"If I were mayor I would face all the challenges head-on," Katelyn said.
The essay tackled issues such as being environmentally friendly and obesity.