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Local student takes 2nd in literary contest

May 26, 2017 - From staff reports

Lander 11th grader Chancelor Foutz placed 2nd in Wyoming Level 3 (grades 9-12) at the 2016-17 Letters About Literature competition. The Wyoming State Library conducted state-level judging through its Wyoming Center for the Book program.

Letters About Literature, a project of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Foutz wrote to Michael Harmon, author of Skate.

Fifth grade student Connor Klindt of Afton took first place in Wyoming Level 1 (grades 4-6) competition. Kris Balstad, an 8th grader at Thermopolis Middle School in Thermopolis, took first place in Level 2 (grades 7-8), and Laramie 9th grader Arundathi Nair took first in Level 3 (grades 9-12). Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year. Letters are judged on state and national levels.

Wyoming's entries this year were judged by A. Rose Hill, a former Poet Laureate of Wyoming (Level 1); Mary Billiter, a romance author and award-winning weekly newspaper columnist with the Casper Star-Tribune (Level 2); and Laurel Shelley Reuss, a comic artist and writer of graphic novels, webcomics and tabletop role-playing games (Level 3).

All first place winners advanced to national competition and will receive a $150 Amazon gift card. Second place winners will receive a $100 Amazon gift card and third place winners will receive a $50 card. All student names and their winning letters may be found on the Wyoming State Library website at library.wyo.gov/services/literacy/letters-about-literature/

The 2016-2017 Letters About Literature contest for young readers is made possible by a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, with additional support from giftsto the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, which promotes the contest through its affiliate Centers for the Book, state libraries and other organizations.

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