Duke TIP Writing Contest 2013 Topic: Presidential Problem Solving


uke TIP offers 4th–6th Grade Talent Search participants the opportunity to enter our writing contest with cash prizes awarded to the winners and their school. Students must be enrolled in the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search.

2013 Topic: Presidential Problem Solving

“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”—President John F. Kennedy

It is 2013. The presidential election is over, and now it is time for President Obama and Congress to focus on the administration and implementation of laws and policies.

Your Job

Imagine yourself as a member of the U.S. president’s Cabinet. Your job is to advise the president on challenging national and international affairs as he implements his administrative agenda.

Your Mission

Choose an important issue that should be a top priority for the president and prepare a letter supporting your idea. To get the president’s attention, you will need to introduce the issue and clarify why it is important to citizens of the United States. It is important that you provide the president with a strategy to implement your plan.

Countless voices are clamoring to be heard, claiming that their issues deserve top priority, so you must be convincing. Are you up for the challenge?

Get Started

  • Before you begin, view a tutorial (PDF) about how to prepare your letter.
  • Curious about how your entry will be judged? Review score guidelines (PDF).
  • Once you have written your letter, use the submission checklist (PDF) to make sure you have followed all of the guidelines before you mail your contest entry.

Submit Your Letter

  • Postmark deadline: March 31
  • Mail submissions to: Duke TIP Writing Contest, 1121 W. Main Street, Durham, NC 27701


Writing contest winners are highlighted in Duke Tip’s Navigator newsletter and on this website. Winning entries will be sent on to Washington, DC!

Winners receive:

  • First place: $250 to the winner from each grade and $250 to each of their enrolling schools.
  • Second place: $100 to the winner from each grade and $100 to each of their enrolling schools.
  • Third place: $25 to winner from each grade and $25 to each of their enrolling schools.

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