RCHS Student Wins Kentucky Letters About Literature Writing Contest


No. 14-043 April 24, 2014


(Frankfort, KY) – Today the Kentucky Department of Education announced the Kentucky winners in the 2014 national Letters About Literature (LAL) annual writing contest.

Sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Letters About Literature (LAL) writing contest for young readers challenges students to write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, of a book that inspired them. The book may be from any genre – fiction, nonfiction, poetry, contemporary or classic. The letter must explain how that author’s work changed the student’s way of thinking about the world or themselves. The contest is open to students in grades 4-10.

Kentucky students compete with each other in the state competition. First, second and third place winners in three grade levels receive cash awards (1st place – $150; 2nd place –$75; 3rd place – $50). The first place winners at each level advance to the national judging and a chance to win a $1,000 cash award or $150 for second place. National winners will be announced in May.

Kentucky’s 2014 Letters About Literature writing contest winners are:

Level 3 (Grades 9-12)
1st place – Lillian Beichler, Rockcastle Co. High School (Rockcastle Co.)
Teacher – Janet Wells

2nd place – Lauryn McNair, Henry Clay High School, (Fayette Co.)
Teacher – Kevin Lentz

3rd place – Rachael Gilbert, Henry Clay High School, (Fayette Co.)
Teacher – Kevin Lentz

Honorable Mention – Bethany Boggs, Lafayette High School (Fayette Co.)
Teacher – Amanda Wright

Honorable Mention — McKenzie Florence, Pendleton, Co. High School (Pendleton Co.)
Teacher — Angel Sudberry
Level 2 (Grades 7-8)
1st place – Noah Bunch, Brown School, (Jefferson Co.)
Teacher – Allana Thompkins

2nd place – Emily Frye, Mt. Washington Middle School (Bullitt Co.)
Teacher – Michelle Chitwood

3rd place – Alyssa Greer, Henry F Moss Middle School (Warren Co.)
Teacher – Laura Eason
Level 1 (Grades 4-6)
1st place – Mary Grace Vest, Shelby West Middle School (Shelby Co.)
Teacher – Teresa Walther

2nd place – Sophie Moore, T.C. Cherry Elementary School (Bowling Green Ind.)
Teacher – Michele McCloughan

3rd place – Anastasia Hinton, School for the Creative and Performing Arts (SCAPA) (Fayette Co.)
Teacher – Kelly Gunn



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