Nine students win state writing award held at Appleton Public Library

Posted by Lisa Strand on Tuesday, July 03, 2012 in Libraries in the News

APPLETON, WIS. – Nine students from across the state won awards from the Wisconsin Center for the Book. A list of the students, their schools, grades, and chosen books is attached.

More than 1,000 Wisconsin students in grades 4-12 participated in this year’s Letters About Literature contest, which resulted in more than 100 being named semi-finalists. The contest, held at the Appleton Public Library in April, invites young readers to write a letter to an author describing how that author’s work changed their view of the world or of themselves.

The first- and second-place plus honorable mention winners were chosen from the group of semi-finalists in various grade levels (Level 1 – Grades 4-6; Level II – Grades 7-8; and Level III – Grades 9-12). First-place winners at all three levels are sent on to national for judging and additional prizes. More than 60,000 young readers across the country participated in this year’s Letters About Literature contest.  

The Letters About Literature program in Wisconsin has been coordinated by the Wisconsin Center for the Book since 1992 in partnership with the Library of Congress and Target.

Winners of the 2011-2012 Letters about Literature program.

Level 1 – Grades 4-6

First Place: Paige Neumeyer, Green Bay, grade 6, Aldo Leopold School, Green Bay
Book: A Carrot Seed
Author: Ruth Krauss

Second Place: Katie Branigan, Mequon, grade 6, St. Monica School, Whitefish Bay
Book: Little Women
Author: Louisa May Alcott

Honorable Mention: Madeline Taphorn, Whitefish Bay, grade 6, St. Monica School, Whitefish Bay
Book: The Secret Language of Girls
Author: Frances O’Roark Dowell

Level 2 – Grades 7-8

First Place: Charlie Mellin, Whitefish Bay, grade 7, grade 6, St. Monica School, Whitefish Bay
Book: Hoot
Author: Carl Hiaasen

Second Place: Brenna Kelly, Green Bay, grade 7, Parkview Middle School, Green Bay
Book: Out of My Mind
Author: Polly Draper

Honorable Mention: Alison Hanus, Wauwatosa, grade 7, Whitman Middle School, Wauwatosa
Book: The Outsiders
Author: S.E. Hinton

Level 3 -- Grades 9-12

First Place: Laura Wetzel, Stevens Point, grade 12, Stevens Point
Book: The Alchemist
Author: Paulo Coelho

Second Place: Lance Hyatt, Appleton, grade 12, Appleton North High School
Book: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak

Honorable Mention: Hannah Winegarden, Eau Claire, grade 9, Eau Claire North High School
Book: The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Author: Mitch Albom

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