Skip to content. | Skip to navigation

Personal tools

Posted: May 6, 2014


Eisenhower Student Places First in Letters for Literature Competition

APS students claimed numerous awards in the contest that involves writing letters to authors (living or dead) about how a book affected them personally.

Ever wish you could tell your favorite author how much their book has influenced your life? Many students in APS got a chance to do just that thanks to librarians and teachers in the district. Not only did they get to write a letter to an author, many of them were recognized and rewarded for their efforts in this year’s Letters About Literature Contest.

Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to that author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels. Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year.

Sixth grader Audrey Rodriquez of Eisenhower Middle School won first in state for her letter to author Lynda Mullaly Hunt about the book One for the Murphys.

In her letter Rodriquez wrote, “The hardships in your book prove to me that my life isn’t as hard as I sometimes make it out to be. It’s really awesome actually.” The humility she learned from the book earned her the opportunity to move forward to the national competition. The top winning letters in each category were sent to the Library of Congress for national judging.

Rodriquez was just one of 523 students across the state who were encouraged by teachers and librarians to write about how an author’s book influenced them.

Grant Middle School had 13 semifinalists in the contest and students Tilene Plake and Alex Giese took second and third lace in the Level 1 category.

Rodriquez and the other first, second, third, and honorable mention winners were recognized for their efforts on May 2 at the Legislature Building in Santa Fe.

The following schools had state finalists:

  • Bandelier ES - 4 finalists
  • Eisenhower MS - 7 finalists and 1 honorable mention
  • Georgia O’Keeffe ES - 2 finalists
  • Grant MS- 13 finalists
  • Kennedy MS -1 finalist
  • La Cueva- HS  2 finalists

Letters About Literature is sponsored by the New Mexico State Library, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs and The Center for the Book at the Library of Congress.

More information on Letters about Literature.



Filed under: parents
Art & Music Coming to All Elementary Schools
We're hiring 20 music and art teachers each year for the next five so that students will have both subjects every year in elementary school.
Outstanding Employees Announced
The first group of employees honored by the APS Employee Recognition Program includes an activities director, leadership instructor, redirector and specialist.
#ADayInSchool -- Again!
We're promoting a social media campaign during the 2019 New Mexico Legislature to remind lawmakers, and the constituents they serve, of the important work we do on a daily basis.
Student of the Week Esperanza Biggs
A junior at Valley High School
Apply for a Foundation Grant
The APS Education Foundation is now accepting applications for Horizon, Achieve and Success awards.
Jan 19
Metro Girls Swimming & Diving Championships
Jan 21
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (schools closed)
Jan 21
Board of Education Finance Committee Meeting - Jan 21, 2019
Jan 23
San Idelfonso Pueblo Feast Day
Jan 23
Board Members Attend Economic Forum - Jan 23, 2019
Jan 23
Board of Education District Equity and Inclusion Committee Meeting - Jan 23, 2019
Jan 23
NCAA Information Night — Del Norte HS
Jan 24
Board Members Attend 50th Annual NM Governor's Prayer Breakfast - Jan 24, 2019