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2018 Letters About Literature Winners Announced


​West Virginia winners have been announced for the 2018 Letters About Literature competition, sponsored by the West Virginia Library Commission and the West Virginia Center for the Book, an affiliate of the National Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.  62 students were honored with Top Honors, Honors, Honorable Mention, and Notable Mention recognition. 
Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing program.  Students in grades 4-12 (divided by Levels 1-3) wrote letters to authors (living or dead) telling them how a book, poem, or play by that author affected them personally.  
This year 678 students from West Virginia were among the more than 40,000 students nationwide who wrote Letters About Literature.  National screeners selected 62 of the West Virginia entries for state level judging, where judges, chosen by the West Virginia Center for the Book, determined the top letters in each competition level for the state.  Entries for state level judging were selected on how well they met the required criteria of: audience, purpose, grammatical conventions, and originality.     
Those receiving Top Honors will advance to national level judging.  The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress then selects a panel of judges to award national winners and national honor winners.  Karen Goff, WVLC Executive Secretary, said, “The Library Commission is proud to support the Letters About Literature program.  We feel it’s very important to provide a stage for these gifted young students to display their talents and their love for reading and writing.”
The West Virginia Library Commission is pleased to announce the following state level recipients:
Level 1: Grades 4-6
TOP HONORS: Paisley Tabor (Hurricane MS)
HONORS: Brynna Price (Hurricane MS), Alexa Perry (St. Joseph Catholic School, Huntington)
HONORABLE MENTION: Taylor Baxter (Hurricane MS), Grayson Maddox (Hurricane MS), Parker Dotson (Hurricane MS), Isaiah Collins (Crum PK-8), Sharon Browning (Crum PK-8), Emma Muslin (Hurricane MS), Jordan Kirtley (Hurricane MS)
Level 2: Grades 7-8
TOP HONORS: Marlee Johns (The Linsly School, Wheeling)
HONORS: Grace Landini (The Linsly School), Marley Kepple (John Adams MS, Charleston)
HONORABLE MENTION: Kara Muncy (Crum PK-8), Zander Pinson (St. Joseph Catholic School), Emily Bench (The Linsly School), Devlin Daugherty (John Adams MS), Julia Presevati (John Adams MS), Nolan Weiss (The Linsly School), Mia Camps (The Linsly School)
Level 3: Grades 9-12
TOP HONORS: Kayla Strickland (Roane County HS)
HONORS: Morgan Sherwood (Hedgesville HS), Lindsay Garrison (Poca HS)
HONORABLE MENTION: Shelby Kent (Ravenswood HS), Logan Foley (Greenbrier West HS), Makayla Lilly (Greenbrier West HS), Deianara Black (Petersburg HS), Taylor Childers (Roane County HS), Emma Strickland (Roane County HS), Gabrielle Hess (Roane County HS), Lucas Smith (Greenbrier West HS)
Notable Mention:
Level 1
Madeline Linn (Hurricane MS), Savannah McCracken (Hurricane MS), Adhisht Reddy (St. Joseph Catholic MS), Emma Masey (Hurricane MS), Lexy Beaver (Hurricane MS), Connie Gunnoe (Hurricane MS), Pierce Dillard (Hurricane MS), Raegan Smith (Hurricane MS)
Level 2
Lola Davis (Hurricane MS), Rachel Ekanem (The Linsly School), Kerigan Salmons (Crum PK-8), Maddie Hennen (The Linsly School), Jessica Bennett (Beckley Stratton MS), Hadlee Berkley (Crum PK-8), Elexis Spurlock (St. Joseph Catholic School), Reagan Haughey (St. Joseph Catholic School), Ashiya Brandon-Cantrell (John Adams MS), Grace Blatt (St. Joseph Catholic School), Daisy Snyder (Gilmer County HS)   
Level 3
Tiffany Copen (Roane County HS), Tyler Copley (Roane County HS), Rebecca Parsons (Roane County HS), Stephanie Fleck (Roane County HS), Mackenzie Miller (Roane County HS), Ashlea Huffman (Roane County HS), Kara Pyle (Petersburg HS), Lucia Casdorph (Roane County HS), Harlee Kimble (Petersburg HS), Cameron Hedrick (Petersburg HS), Maggie Kerns (Hedgesville HS), Mikayla Tincher (Greenbrier West HS)
The Library of Congress will announce all National and National Honor Winners and awards and will list all state-level winners on its website: The annual Letters About Literature writing contest for young readers is made possible by a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation with additional support from the West Virginia Humanities Council, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

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