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Getting the Final Word: Students Win Big at Letters About Literature Awards
Getting the Final Word: Students Win Big at Letters About Literature Awards

Out of tens of thousands of Library of Congress Letters About Literature from across the country, six Rhode Island winners were chosen, four of them Lincoln School students.

Letters About Literature, a national reading and writing contest for children in Grades 4–12, asks participants to read a book, poem, or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. By encouraging reflective writing with a specific purpose, the contest encourages in-depth, analytical reading and helps to encourage future creative writers. Letters are judged on state and national levels by select authors, publishers, librarians, and educators.

"Every year since Lincoln School has entered, you've had a winner," said Kate Lentz '84, director of Rhode Island Center for the Book, when presenting students with their awards. "It's special. And I know it's because teachers at Lincoln go above and beyond."


Level 1: Grades 4–6
Semifinalists
Courtney Rose Boghosian '23
Althea Ellis '24
Ella Nadukkudiyil '24

Level 2: Grades 7–8
Winner
Arya Patel '21
Honorable Mention
Larissa Derevyanko '22

Level 3: Grades 9–12
Winner
Adelina Steinmetz '20
Honorable Mention
Delaney Bernier '19
Ayesha Khan '19

As the state winners Arya and Addy will advance to national judging. Congratulations, girls!



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