Ten Middle School Students Name Semifinalists in Letters About Literature Competition

Ten middle school students were named semifinalists in the Washington State Letters About Literature competition. Congratulations to Megan Barrett, Abby Bernstein, Caroline Boardman, Alex Lv, Jack McConnell, Oliver Pike, Amanda Ramos, Matthias Scaramastra, Isabella Serex and Nolan Wright.

Eighth grade (Level 2) semifinalists (L-R): Oliver Pike, Matthias Scaramastra, Alex Lv, Nolan Wright, Caroline Boadman, Megan Barrett, Isabella Serex and Amanda Ramos

Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4 -12 that tens of thousands of students from across the United States enter each year. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to the author about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels.

Seventh grade (Level 2) semifinalist Jack McConnell

This year, 1,327 letters were submitted by Washington state students, including 461 by students in fourth to sixth grade (Level 1) and 589 by students in seventh and eighth grade (Level 2). Only 40 students were selected as Level 1 semifinalists and only 81 students were selected as Level 2 semifinalists. A state winner from each level will be chosen from the semifinalists in April.

Sixth grade (Level 1) semifinalist Abby Bernstein