Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Louisiana students take top honors in national writing competition

    Wow, great news!!!
    Two Louisiana students earned national recognition in the 2012 Letters About Literature writing competition - Ella Franzen of Lafayette (1 of 4 national honors recipients for Level 1) and Imogen Hoffman of Gretna (1 of 16 finalists for Level 2).
    Students were asked to write a letter to an author or poet, living or dead, explaining how that writer's work changed the student’s way of thinking about themselves or the world and how the chosen books impacted their life or worldview.
    Louisiana’s first place winner for Level 1, Franzen, wrote her winning letter to Fred Gipson, author of "Old Yeller." Franzen’s designated school library, Episcopal School of Acadiana Lower School Library, receives a $1,000 Target grant. Franzen receives a $50 Target GiftCard in addition to other prizes already earned at the state level.
    Franzen’s winning letter may be viewed at www.lettersaboutliterature.org.
    Louisiana’s Level 2 winner, Hoffman, is a student at Ursuline Academy in New Orleans. She wrote to author Avi about the novel, "The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle."
    The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana presents the Letters About Literature competition each year for Louisiana students. For more information, visit www.state.lib.la.us.