PFLUGERVILLE - A fourth-grader at Rowe Lane Elementary School in Ms. Erynn Barnes’ class has a knack for writing and recently she was recognized for it winning third place in the 2019 Duke TIP Writing Contest.
Abby McGarry earned third-place honors in the fourth-grade division for her short story “Sunset Hike Gone Wrong”. In the story Abby and her younger sister get lost during a guided tour of the Grand Canyon and a bat leads them back to safety and their parents.
The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization that collaborates with educators and parents to help gifted students assess their academic abilities and provides a variety of enrichment benefits and accelerated online programs.
Since 1980, Duke TIP has been committed to serving gifted students by supporting local efforts to better understand, motivate and enrich some of the brightest students. TIP works with classroom teachers, guidance counselors, gifted & talented coordinators and school administrators to identify and serve gifted students.
The Duke TIP Writing Contest is held annually for grades 4-6 in fiction writing. This year’s contest saw stories about getting lost during a hike in national parks. Last year had a theme about animals and veterinarians and another year’s theme was “accidents and imagination.”