Topic outline

  • Topic 1

    Deadline October 30, 2011 to Mrs. Ruppel in room 1-201.

    Bennington College Contest -- see below for guidelines.
    Georgetown Club Contest -- see below for guidelines.

    Ongoing Submissions to VOX
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    NEW (1/9) Essay Topic

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has planned an official visit to Azerbaijan. You are Secretary Clinton's Foreign Policy Advisor responsible for Azerbaijan and have been tasked to write the briefing materials for her trip. The briefing materials can be no longer than 1000 words maximum. The materials must be succinct and to the point. They must include:

    1. An assessment of whether/how the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic of 1918-1920 influences Azerbaijan today in terms of democracy, rights of women, and foreign policy;

    2. A discussion of how Azerbaijan's geographic location has influenced the country's security and economic policies;

    3. An explanation of where the strategic interests of the U.S. and Azerbaijan converge and diverge;

    4. A summary of perspectives for extending Azerbaijan's geopolitical influence beyond the South Caucasus in light of its leading regional position and its socio-economic development; and

    5. The top 3 most important issues in US-Azeri relations and your recommendations for US policy

      on the trip.

    Due: March 1, 2012

    ***See attachment below for submission details! 

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 11, 2012
    CONTACT:       Alison Sawyer or Arthur Triche, (404) 878-3800



    Atlanta Hawks Sponsor “I Was Born This Way” Themed Poetry Slam Contest

    ATLANTA, GA ------ The Atlanta Hawks today announced the launch of the 2012 Poetry Slam Contest for high school students in grades 9-12 who attend school within 75 miles of PhilipsArena. Beginning today through February 24, 2012, students can submit either a written poem, consisting of 200 words or less, or a DVD recording, which cannot exceed 90 seconds, of their poem that captures the “I Was Born This Way” theme. Participants are encouraged to convey what makes them personally, and theirgeneration as a whole, unique.
    “The Atlanta Hawks Poetry Slam Contest is a way for us to pay tribute to those Georgia high school students who are proud to express themselves and what they stand for through the art of spoken word,” stated Bob Williams, President, Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena. “We are continually impressed by the submissions we receive and look forward to another opportunity for us to showcase the talents of this generation’s young people.”
    To enter, students can visit and submit a written piece or DVD recording entry, mail entries directly to the Atlanta Hawks Attn: Andrea K. Carter, 101 Marietta Street, Suite 1900, Atlanta, Georgia 30303 or fax submissions to (404) 878-3480 through February 24, 2012. Each entry will be judged on Connection to the Topic “I Was Born This Way,” Overall Message and Originality/Creativity. The judging panel will include a representative from the Georgia Department of Education, a local media personality and an Atlanta Hawks representative.
    After review of all entries by the judging panel, the top 15 finalists will be announced on March 9, 2012. All finalists will participate in a two-hour poetry workshop in mid-March and perform their poetry pieces forfinal judging on March 29, 2012. The contest will award a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner with prizes for each to include Atlanta Hawks signed merchandise, electronics such as a laptop and TV, and tickets to a Hawks game.
    For a complete list of rules and submission details, please visit
    Season and individual game tickets for the 2011-12 Hawks season are on sale now at, the Philips Arena box office and all Ticketmaster locations, with absolutely no ticketing fees. For more information on the Atlanta Hawks, please visit

    Juniper Young Writer's Academy 
    University of Massachusetts
    *See Mrs. Ruppel for application.

    Sejong Writing Competition 
    See below for details.
    March 31, 2012  

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    Scales of Justice Contest Posted below -- Deadline March 15, 2012
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