Six Students Named Finalists in Maryland State Letters About Literature Contest

  • Middle School

Six Key Middle Schoolers have been named as finalists in the 2019 Maryland State Letters About Literature contest. The contest is open to students in grades 4-12 and receives thousands of entries each year. Sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the program asks students to read a book, poem or speech and write a letter to the author about how the work affected them personally. Letters About Literature is designed to not only promote reading and writing, but also inspire creativity and encourage young people to be lifelong readers and critical thinkers.

Congratulations to the finalists!

Vivien Kaplan '25, Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

*Update: Vivien has been named the Level 1 (Grades 4-6) runner-up for the State of Maryland!

Christian Loftus '26, Old Yeller by Fred Gipson

Aurelia Mapp '26, Maximum Ride: The Manga, Vols. 1-7 by James Patterson and NaRae Lee

Noah Moore '25, The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

Olivia Smit '25, Up From the Sea by Leza Lowitz

Marco Welch '24, Chew on This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food by Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson