Indiana Center for the Book Hosts Inaugural Young Literary Day Thanks to Generous Donation
INDIANAPOLIS (April 27, 2013) – One hundred and eighty-five promising young Hoosier writers were honored today at the 2013 Letters About Literature Awards Ceremony held at the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis. Over 300 guests, including students, teachers and proud family members, attended the ceremony headlined by award-winning, young-adult author Margaret McMullan.
Letters About Literature is a national reading-writing contest that asks students in grades 4-12 to write a personal letter to an author, explaining how his or her work changed their view of the world or themselves. Letters About Literature is a program of the Indiana Center for the Book and sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and The James & Madeleine McMullan Family Foundation.
This year's finalists are as follows:
Level I (grades 4-6)
First Place: Clara Voskuil / University Elementary School, Bloomington
Second Place: Hannah Beaven / Castle North Middle School, Newburgh
Third Place: Maria Noller / Hamilton Heights Middle School, Arcadia
Connor Bryan / Zionsville Middle School, Zionsville
Madison Lane / Zionsville Middle School, Zionsville
Chendi Liu / College Wood Elementary, Carmel
Julia Moore / Riverside Intermediate, Fishers
Mary Rozembajgier / College Wood Elementary, Carmel
Debbie Shera / Riverside Intermediate, Fishers
Victoria Sills / Castle North Middle School, Newburgh
An-Ping Yu / Castle North Middle School, Newburgh
Level II (grades 7-8)
First Place: Nicole Hentrup / Jasper Middle School, Jasper
Second Place: Jadrian Woods / Greensburg Jr. High School, Greensburg
Leigha Keck / West Noble Middle School, Ligonier
Noah Mehringer / Jasper Middle School, Jasper
Haylee Owens / Greensburg Jr. High School, Greensburg
Level III (grades 9-12)
First Place: Victoria Lincourt / Crawfordsville High School, Crawfordsville
Second Place: Sandy Rickerd / Logansport High School, Logansport
Third Place: Legend Johnson / Crawfordsville High School, Crawfordsville
Alex Cagle / New Tech at Wayne High School, Ft. Wayne
Luiz De Assis-Wilson / Crawfordsville High School, Crawfordsville
Chase Streetman / Crawfordsville High School, Crawfordsville
Candace Winfrey / Homeschooled, Indianapolis
"It is an honor to recognize Indiana's best and brightest students for their exemplary work in the classroom," said Roberta L. Brooker, Indiana’s State Librarian. "This year's honorees should be proud to be chosen among the top 4% of nearly 50,000 Letters About Literature entrants nationwide."
These finalists all received cash prizes and plaques courtesy of the Indiana Center for the Book and the Library of Congress. All semifinalists and finalists in attendance also received a certificate and a copy of Sources of Light by Margaret McMullan, who met with students during an exclusive book signing following the awards ceremony.
The Indiana Center for the Book also honored Matt Slaven of Greensburg Junior High School during the ceremony with its fifth-annual Letters About Literature Instructor of the Year Award. He submitted over 30 students' letters for this year’s competition and came away with six semi-finalists, an Honorable Mention, and the Level II second-place winner.
Prior to this year’s ceremony, the Indiana Center for the Book held this inaugural Indiana Youth Literary Day. This unique event was made possible through the generous support of The James & Madeleine McMullan Family Foundation. The series of morning workshops enabled students to interact and with and learn from a panel of some of Indiana’s finest authors, poets and creative writing instructors, including:
- Margaret McMullan – Young Adult Author & Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature & Writing, University of Evansville;
- Robert Griffith – Poet & Associate Professor of Creative Writing/English, University of Evansville;
- Rachel Kartz – Author, Editor & Fiction Instructor, Gonzaga University;
- Sarah Layden – Author, Poet & Associate Professor of Creative Writing/English, Indiana University—Purdue University, Indianapolis;
- Kevin McKelvey – Poet & Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, Professional Writing & Editing, University of Indianapolis; and
- Norman Minnick – Poet & Associate Professor of Writing, Indiana University—Purdue University, Indianapolis
"I would like to thank Margaret McMullan and the Writers’ Camp instructors, Mr. Slaven of Greensburg Junior High School and the dozens of Indiana teachers that participated in this year’s program, as well as the hundreds of students and proud parents who joined us on Saturday," said Brooker. "Letters About Literature is an exciting and educational program for everyone involved and the expanded format was well received by the young Hoosier writers in attendance."
For more information about Letters about Literature, including past years’ results and winning essays, visit www.centerforthebook.org.
About the National Center for the Book:
The Center for the Book was established in 1977 as a public-private partnership to use the resources of the Library of Congress to stimulate public interest in books and reading. For information about its activities and national reading promotion networks, visit www.loc.gov/cfbook.
About the Indiana Center for the Book:
The Indiana Center for the Book is a program of the Indiana State Library and an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The Center promotes interest in reading, writing, literacy, libraries, and Indiana's literary heritage by sponsoring events and serving as an information resource at the state and local level. The Center supports both the professional endeavors and the popular pursuits of Indiana's residents toward reading and writing.