Essay Writing Contest Tips
For Immediate Release
DURHAM, NC—Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) has named the winners of the 2014 4th–6th Grade Talent Search Writing Contest, held annually for fourth through sixth grade students. This year’s theme, “Let Your Imagination Take Flight, ” drew over 800 submissions—a record for the contest. Contestants were asked to write a story about a superhero who solves a problem which benefits a school, a community, or the world. Contest officials asked participants to think about their superheroes’ powers, weaknesses, clothing, secret identities, enemies, and more.
The many contestants drafted creative stories ranging from “Label Girl, ” who helps positively label shunned students, to “Electricity-man, ” who uses electricity to save others, to “Polyglot Girl, ” who helps students learn new languages. Each of the winners listed below and their enrolling schools will receive cash prizes. The first place winner from each grade and their enrolling schools will receive $250; the second place winner from each grade and their enrolling schools will receive $100; and the third place winner from each grade and their enrolling schools will receive $25.
“We were once again impressed by the level of thought that went into the winning essays this year, ” said Barbara McHugh, Duke TIP program coordinator of the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search. “All of the essays were particularly fun to read because the topic required a high level of imagination. We are extremely proud of our budding writers!”
Meet this year’s winners and read their essays:
1st place │ 4th grade: Owen Stone (High Meadows School, Roswell, GA)
Owen Stone’s favorite sports are competitive swimming and running triathlons. He loves to read, write stories, and build Legos with his brother. He has always wanted to be an author so was excited about the challenge of this contest.
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