Two Templeton Middle School sixth-graders took the top awards in the Level I age division for the 2007 Wisconsin Letters About Literature competition. Makayla Imrie took first place and Miranda Brown took second place in a competition that encourages students as readers and writers. Imrie’s letter will be entered in national competition.
The competition challenges students in grades four through 12 to write to any author – living or deceased – whose work has touched them in some way. Students are encouraged to use good writing and grammar skills in their expressive letter. Level I is open to students in grades 4-6, Level II is for grades 7-8, and Level III is for grades 9-12. More than 900 Wisconsin students submitted entries.
Imrie wrote to Markus Zusak about his historical novel, “The Book Thief,” a moving story of a girl during the Holocaust, and Brown wrote to Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) about several of his books.
Imrie and Brown will receive their awards March 17 at the Letters About Literature 2007 Awards Ceremony and Reception on the St. Norbert’s College campus in De Pere.
The slogan of the competition, sponsored by the Wisconsin Center for the Book, is “Read. Be Inspired. Write Back.” The contest originates at the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and is offered in partnership with Target stores. This is the twelfth year that state students have been eligible through the Wisconsin Center for the Book, a volunteer organization and a project of Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. Its mission is to promote books and the book arts, to encourage the joy of reading, and to honor Wisconsin’s literary heritage.