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Posted May 6, 2014

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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.

 

 

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