Templeton Middle School eighth-grader Caroline Hope earned an honorable mention in the Letters About Literature contest, sponsored by the United States Library of Congress. She wrote to Mary O’Hara about the novel “My Friend Flicka.”
With 54,000 entries submitted and after two rounds of evaluation, the following students’ work were among the 75 semi-finalists for their age division in Wisconsin:
– Kevin Fantl, grade 6;
– Katherine Bitz, grade 8;
– Makayla Emmer, grade 8;
– Theodora Hermberg, grade 8; and
– Nathan Goecks, grade 8.
All were invited to an awards ceremony April 18 at Grant Elementary School in Wisconsin Rapids, during the Wisconsin Literary Bash/Prairie Chicken Festival.
To enter, readers write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, from any genre – fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic – explaining how that author’s work changed the student’s way of thinking about the world or themselves.