Press the President Announces University Student Writing Contest Winners

Jan 23, 2014, 11:21 ET from Press the President

Contest Encouraged University Students to Participate in Political Journalism

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Press the President, an online collaborative blog, is proud to announce the winners of its first university student writing contest. The goal of this contest was to promote political journalism amongst university students on newsworthy topics. After a month long entry period, and many amazing entries, the judges have decided on the top three winners. Entrants competed for the first prize of $500, second prize of $250, and third prize of $125.

The winners were:

Other students who received honorable mention for their entries include Stephen Connors, Dave Tellez, Emily Vander Weele, Sarah Tincher, and Colin Sullivan.

The winning students were thrilled to have been able to discuss an issue they care about and display their writing skills.

"I heard about Press the President and the contest from my boss at The Statesman (our college newspaper), Rachel McClelland," said Julian Winborn, the first place winner and a student from Indiana State University. "As a political columnist, I was immediately interested in writing for a political blog and figured that I would just go ahead and submit something for the contest. But I seriously was not expecting to actually win anything!"

Scott Sobel, a judge for the contest, deliberated through a number of competitive entries to find the winners.

"All of the entries were outstanding and showed a considerable amount of research and thoughtfulness. The winning entry also exhibited creativity, thoroughness and an efficient writing style that really drove home the writer's points."

Press the President is a worldwide forum for unfiltered debate about U.S. issues that affect the globe. The site's founders have created a space where writers can express their opinions freely. Americans are often criticized as not having enough of a political voice. It is interested in people who want to make their voices heard from the White House to Main Street. Online visitors can share their views at or visit our Facebook page at to join in our weekly debates.  

SOURCE Press the President