Dulaney Students Named Finalists in Literature Letters Contest
The three local students were among 10 finalists selected around Baltimore County to participate in a statewide competition next month.
The statewide contest, coordinated by the Maryland Center for the Book, is part of a national contest sponsored by the Library of Congress’ Center for the Book, according to a news release from Baltimore County Public Schools. Open to students in grades 4–10, the contest challenges young people to write to the author of a book that influenced their self-image or worldview.
The finalists from Dulaney High School, and the books they wrote about are:
- Gina Lee – “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky
- Kalie Paranzino – “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky
- Vikki Williams – “I Am Number Four” by Pittacus Lore
Other Baltimore County finalists came from Dumbarton Middle School, Parkville High School and West Towson Elementary School. The ten finalists were chosen from a pool of 1,768 entries by Maryland Students, according to the release.
Nationally, nearly 47,000 letters were submitted to this year’s contest, the release states.
At an upcoming awards ceremony held at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Branch, 400 Cathedral Street downtown, at 11 a.m. April 13 winners and runners-up will be selected in each of three competition levels, the release states.
Students who win will be notified in advance and asked to read their letters at the ceremony.
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