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Letters About Literature Winners Announced

After several rounds of reading and judging, nine students emerge as state winners in the Letters About Literature reading and writing promotion contest which encourages students to read, reflect, connect, and write. The contest is a program of Humanities Tennessee, home of the Tennessee Center for the Book, in affiliation with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. 

The results for Tennessee’s 2013 Letters About Literature winners are in! This year we received 1,595 letter entries from students from all parts of the state written to a diverse group of authors. Congratulations to the winners!

Tennessee’s winners are:

Level 1 (4th-6th grade)
1st place winner: Ansley Stamper, a 6th grader at Hutchison School in Memphis, wrote to R.J. Palacio about Wonder. Read her letter here. Ansley is awarded $100 from Humanities Tennessee and an award certificate. Additionally, Ansley’s letter advanced to compete in the national Letters About Literature competition.

2nd place winner: Maggie Warren, a 6th grader from Oakland Middle School in Murfreesboro, wrote to Cynthia Lord about RulesRead her letter here.She will receive $50 from Humanities Tennessee and an award certificate.

3rd place winner: Kyler Hamilton, 6th grader at White Station Middle School in Memphis, wrote to William H. Armstrong about SounderRead his letter here. Kyler will receive $25 from Humanities Tennessee and an award certificate.

Level 2 (7th-8th grade)
1st place winner: Ariel Asher, 8th grader at Blackman Middle School in Murfreesboro, wrote to Orson Scott Card about Ender's GameRead her letter here. Ariel is awarded $100 from Humanities Tennessee and an award certificate. Additionally, Ariel’s letter advanced to compete in the national Letters About Literature competition.

2nd place winner: Emilee Taylor, 8th grader from Christiana Middle School in Christiana, wrote to Angela Johnson about When I Am Old With YouRead her letter hereEmilee will receive $50 from Humanities Tennessee and an award certificate.

3rd place winner: Haley Wright, 7th grader at Siegel Middle School in Murfreesboro. Haley wrote to Judy Schachner about Skippyjon Jones. Read her letter here. Haley is awarded $25 from Humanities Tennessee and an award certificate.

Level 3 (9th -12th grade)
1st place winner: Christine Lee, 11th grader at from Germantown High School in Germantown. Christine wrote to J.D. Salinger about The Catcher in the RyeRead her letter here. Christine is awarded $100 from Humanities Tennessee, an award certificate, and a full tuition scholarship to the Tennessee Young Writers’ Workshop.

2nd place winner: Sudeshna Barman, 11th grader at White Station High School in Memphis. Sudeshna wrote to Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner about FreakonomicsRead her letter here. Sudeshna will receive $50 from Humanities Tennessee and an award certificate.

3rd place winner: Tela Taylor, 10th grader at Overton High School in Memphis. Tela wrote to Kristin Cashore about FireRead her letter here. Tela will receive $25 from Humanities Tennessee, an award certificate, and her letter advanced to the national Letters About Literature competition.