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MEMPHIS STUDENT WINS NATIONAL AWARD IN LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE COMPETITION

White Station High School student Sukanya Barman wins Level 3 National Honor Award
 
Letters About Literature, a Library of Congress national writing competition, has announced its winners for 2018. The national program, now in its 26th year, asks young people in grades 4-12 to write to an author about how his or her work affected their lives.
 
More than 46,800 young readers from across the country participated in the annual initiative, which aims to instill a lifelong love of reading in the nation’s youth and to engage and nurture their passion for literature. The contest is promoted by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress through its affiliated state centers, state libraries, state humanities councils and other organizations.
 
This year, more than 1,500 educators and 1,200 schools implemented the Letters About Literature program in their classrooms. The contest reached students in 70 percent of U.S. congressional districts.
 
This year’s winners come from all parts of the country. They wrote to authors as diverse as Margot Lee Shetterly, Rick Riordan, Helen Keller, Tim Howard and Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
 
Top letter-writers are chosen for each state and in each of three levels: Level 1 (grades 4-6), Level 2 (grades 7-8) and Level 3 (grades 9-12). For each level, a National Prize winner and two National Honor winners are chosen.
 
Following are this year’s winners:
 
Level 1 National Prize
Akosua Haynes of Chicago, Illinois, wrote to Margot Lee Shetterly, author of “Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race.”
 
Level 1 National Honor Award
Ainsley Carr of Parker, Colorado, wrote to Gill Lewis, author of “White Dolphin.”
 
Adam Kesselman of Addison, Texas, wrote to Tim Howard, author of “The Keeper: The Unguarded Story of Tim Howard.”
 
Level 2 National Prize
Rylee Paige Johnson of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, wrote to Gabrielle Zevin, author of “Elsewhere.”
 
Level 2 National Honor Award
Riya Sharma of Redmond, Washington, wrote to Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, authors of “The Confidence Code for Girls.”
 
Baxter Lowrimore of Austin, Texas, wrote to Rick Riordan, author of “Percy Jackson and the Olympians.”
 
Level 3 National Prize
Malavika Kannan of Oviedo, Florida, wrote to Kurt Vonnegut Jr., author of “Slaughter-House Five.”
 
Level 3 National Honor Award
Maya Mau of Plainsboro, New Jersey, wrote to Helen Keller, author of “The Story of My Life.”
 
Sukanya Barman of Memphis, Tennessee, wrote to Laurie Halse Anderson, author of “Catalyst.” (CLICK HERE TO READ LETTER)
 
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Congratulations, Sukanya! Tennessee is very proud of you.