Locals named state winners of 2007 literature contest

Posted 4/23/07

AUBURN — The Alabama Center for the Book has announced the state winners of the 2007 Letters About Literature contest.

Letters About Literature is a national reading-writing contest in which readers in grades four through 12 write a personal …

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Locals named state winners of 2007 literature contest

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AUBURN — The Alabama Center for the Book has announced the state winners of the 2007 Letters About Literature contest.

Letters About Literature is a national reading-writing contest in which readers in grades four through 12 write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, from any genre — fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic — explaining how that author’s work changed the student’s way of thinking about the world or themselves.

Letters were judged first at the state level. First-place winners from state competitions across the country are submitted to the national contest. National winners will be announced in May.

This year’s Alabama Letters About Literature winners include the following:

* Level one (grades four through six): Shelby Stewart, Spanish Fort Elementary School, third place

* Level three (grades nine through 12): Lauren Womack, Daphne High School, second place; Karla Hosch, Daphne High School, honorable mention; and Emilee Rucker, Daphne High School, honorable mention

Sponsored nationally by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and Target stores, and in Alabama by the Alabama Center for the Book, this year’s contest drew more than 50,000 entries, with more than 450 letters written by Alabama students.

State winners will receive a certificate from the Alabama Center for the Book. The first-place winner in each level will receive a gift card from Target stores.

The state winners were recognized in a public ceremony held April 21 at the Alabama Book Festival in Old Alabama Town, Montgomery.

(Submitted by Mark Wilson)