Congratulations Alyss Valerio, Milia McCoy and Mia Kuromaru

Posted on: May 16, 2017 | Category: News

Ltrs About Literature-Hawaii 17 Essay Winners

Letters About Literature (LAL) is a reading-writing promotion program supported by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, and is for students in grades 4-12. Contestants read a book, poem or speech and write a letter to the author (living or dead) explaining how it affected them personally.

As the Center for the Book in Hawaii, the Hawaii State Public Library annually encourages students to write a letter to their favorite author and be a part of LAL. The local winning essays are sent to the Center of the Book to represent Hawaii at the national level, where there is an opportunity to compete and win a $1,000 cash award.

Congratulations to this year’s winning essayists, from left Alyss Valerio, Milia McCoy, and Mia Kuromaru.

The essayists won 1st Place in their respective competition levels:

  • Level I (Gr. 4-6) – Alyss Valerio, Gr. 5, St. Anthony School, essay on I Funny: A Middle School Story by James Paterson
  • Level II (Gr. 7-8) – Milia McCoy, Gr. 8, School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability (SEEQS), essay on The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  • Level III (Gr. 9-12) – Mia Kuromaru, Gr. 9, Iolani School, essay on Night by Elie Wiesel

State Librarian, Stacey Aldrich, and Young Adult Services Coordinator, Edna Weeks, were pleased to honor these students at a ceremony at the Hawaii State Library on May 13th. Each received a $100 cash award and certificate. Their essays are being sent to the Center for the Book and will represent Hawaii this year at the national level. Best wishes to these amazing young writers!