TWO MISSOURI STUDENTS WIN TOP NATIONAL LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE AWARDS! JAYANTH V. UPPALURI AND DEVI ACHARYA, BRAVO!
"In an age like ours, which is not given to letter-writing, we forget what an important part it used to play in people's lives." ~Anatole Broyard (1920-1990)
The late Mr. Broyard would certainly have been delighted to learn what an important part letter- writing still plays in the lives of Missouri students.
FOLLOWING IS AN EXCERPT FROM LETTERS WRITTEN BY JOHN Y. COLE, DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR THE BOOK IN WASHINGTON D.C., CONGRATULATING THE WINNERS.
"Approximately 50,000 young readers across the country participated in this year's competition. To have distiguished yourself in this national competition is a significant achievement of which you, your parents and your school can indeed be proud.
As a National Winner, you will receive a cash award of $1,000.00. This award will be presented to you through the Missouri Center for the Book. Additionally, your winning letter will be published on the website of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress."
This is the first time that a State Level Winner from Missouri has gone on to win a top Letters About Literature National Award. To consider one letter out of fifty thousand climbing to the top of the mountain is thrilling. Two... humbling and magical. The honor that Jayanth and Devi have delivered to their home state, families and school is inspiring and will be long remembered. We are in the process of receiving all materials relating to the awards on behalf of the students and will keep you posted about any activities planned for their presentation.
AGAIN, IF WE MAY, BRAVO!
Larisa Cassell,President, Missouri Center for the Book
(Recent Press Release from Library of Congress):
More than 50,000 young readers from across the country participated in this year’s Letters About Literature initiative, a reading-promotion program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.
This year’s winners come from all parts of the country and wrote to authors as diverse as Dr. Seuss, Sharon Draper, Anne Frank, Ray Bradbury, George Orwell and Jhumpa Lahiri.
The top letters in each competition level for each state were chosen. Then, national and national honor winners were chosen from each of the three competition levels: Level 1 (grades 4-6), Level 2 (grades 7-8) and Level 3 (grades 9-12).
On the state level, the program is sponsored by affiliate state centers for the book. National judges include published authors, editors, publishers, librarians and teachers.
Following are this year’s winners:
National Prize (Tie):
Becky Miller’s letter to Dr. Seuss, author of "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish." Miller is from Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Jayanth V. Uppaluri’s letter to Sharon Draper, author of "Out of My Mind." Uppaluri is from Clayton, Missouri.
Jisoo Choi’s letter to Anne Frank, author of "The Diary of a Young Girl." Choi is from Ellicott City, Maryland.
Jane Wang’s letter to Ray Bradbury, author of "Fahrenheit 451." Wang is from Chandler, Arizona.
Devi Acharya’s letter to George Orwell, author of "Animal Farm" and "1984." Acharya is from University City, Missouri.
Riddhi Sangam’s letter to Jhumpa Lahiri, author of "The Namesake." Sangam is from Saratoga, California.
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The Library’s Center for the Book, established by Congress in 1977 to "stimulate public interest in books and reading," is a national force for reading and literacy promotion. A public-private partnership, it sponsors educational programs that reach readers of all ages through its affiliated state centers, collaborations with nonprofit reading-promotion partners and through the Young Readers Center and the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress. For more information, visit www.Read.gov.
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