Sponsored by the Library of Congress, the “Letters about Literature” writing contest’s state finalists include 13 middle school and high school students from across our district. These students wrote letters to authors whose books have had an impact on their lives, describing their connections to the authors’ work and how it has affected them. Nationwide, nearly 70,000 students from the U.S. entered, and national judges chose the state finalists. In Washington, there were 3,376 entrants and 173 state finalists. Congratulations to these deserving students:
State finalists include Alisha Clingan (7th grade), Hilna Defersha (8th grade), and Zoey LeSueur (8th grade) from Brier Terrace Middle; Larissa Cochran (7th grade), Genesis Dorsey (7th grade), and Kendall LeCompte (7th grade) from College Place Middle; Gladys Mwangi (9th grade) and Ian Pruett (9th grade) from Lynnwood High; and Duane Dahl (10th grade), Marissa Gilbraith (10th grade), Alea Nelson (9th grade), Meg Roberts (9th grade), and Torin Webster (10th grade) from Mountlake Terrace High.