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Student Speechwriting Competition

Inspired by Lincoln

Free. Open to students in grades 5 to 12.
Submissions are now closed.


Give your students an opportunity for an authentic writing and public-speaking experience in this one-of-a-kind competition. Abraham Lincoln is still remembered for many of his speeches, which profoundly changed our nation and the course of history. Much like Lincoln moved others with his words, this competition asks students to identify a contemporary issue—local, national, or global—and write a short persuasive speech about it. Winners will be chosen for each grade band, and those students will be invited to the Museum to deliver their speech at our Presidents’ Day program on February 20, 2017.

Download the supporting resource packet for teachers, which includes contest guidelines, award details, and materials to implement speechwriting instruction in your classroom. This competition is presented in conjunction with our Lincoln’s Undying Words exhibition.


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Teen Design Competition


FashioNext is the Museum’s ground-breaking competition for aspiring teen designers. Teams from local schools and community organizations participate in the three-month competition. Their challenge: create a garment inspired by the Museum’s world-renowned costume collection. Learn more.


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