The sixth through eighth graders have had a very exciting few weeks! For the second year in a row, these students have competed in the Letters About Literature contest run by the Library of Congress. This is an opportunity for our students to write a letter to an author explaining the impact their book had on the student’s life. Students can select any book, and our students chose from a variety of genres. This year many of our students selected contemporary novels they read from our school’s library, such as Insignficant Events in the Life of a Cactus and March. This contest not only gives students an opportunity to work on their writing but also is a chance for students to reflect on their love of literature. This year so many of our students had a hard time selecting a book because they have read so many impactful books over the last year.
This year ten of our sixth through eighth graders were selected as semifinalists for the state. Last year three of our students made it to the semifinalist round, and this huge increase in students who advanced to the next round is a testament to our students’ ongoing growth as writers.
This year, sixth graders Edith and Ari also were two of the top three winners for the state. Edith was awarded first place, and Ari was awarded third. We are so proud of all of our students who continue to develop into thoughtful writers and readers.
Congratulations to James Henry, Emil, JJ, Asher, Samuel, Aviva, Alexis, and Brandon for being named state semifinalists and Edith and Ari for placing in the top three!