Maine Humanities Council Announces Letters About Literature Winners

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June 19, 2014

Gina Mitchell, Maine Humanities Council, 207-773-5051, gina[at]

Maine Humanities Council Announces Letters About Literature Winners

PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Humanities Council, the state’s partner with the national Letters About Literature competition, announced the 2014 winners today. Katie Larson of Edgecomb won the Level I (grades 4 – 6) competition, Augusta Stockman of Camden won the state’s Level II (grades 7 & 8) competition, and Isabel Crane of Camden won in Level III (grades 9 – 10). There were also several semifinalists. (See below for entire list).

Letters About Literature encourages students to write to an author explaining how the author’s book changed their perspective and influenced their life. It is sponsored nationally by the Library of Congress, and locally by the David Royte Foundation. Teachers play an important role in this, utilizing this competition as an assignment, and working intensely with the students to refine their thoughts and improve their writing skills.

First Place Winners
Level 1: Katie Larson, Grade 6, Center for Teaching and Learning, Edgecomb. ish by Peter Reynolds
Level 2: Augusta Stockman, Grade 8, Camden-Rockport Middle School, Camden. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Level 3: Isabel Crane, Grade 11, Watershed School, Camden. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Second Place Winners
Level 1: Sydney Sullivan, Center for Teaching and Learning, Edgecomb.
Level 2: Rebecca Cox, Camden-Rockport Middle School, Camden
Level 3: Nicole Gebhart, Central Aroostook Junior-Senior High School, Mars Hill

Honorable Mention
Level 1: Brielle Biehn, Mary Snow School, Bangor.
Level 3: Jennifer Turner, Bonny Eagle High School, Standish.

Complete List of Semi-Finalists (Listed by School)

Bonny Eagle Middle School, Buxton: Maya Schmidt
Camden-Rockport Middle School, Camden: Greta Bishop, Elaine Landry, Robyn Walker-Spencer
Cape Elizabeth Middle School, Cape Elizabeth: Myra Diehl, Adeline Hayes, Cullen Sullivan
Center for Teaching and Learning, Edgecomb Nicco Bartone, Zak Bhe
Daniel F. Mahoney Middle School, South Portland Jack Vose-Gimbel
Frank Harrison Middle School, Yarmouth Alexandra Augur, Ashlyn Feeley
Greely Middle School, Cumberland Annabelle Williams
Hope Elementary School, Hope Evie Bracher
Lynne Moore Middle School, Portland Lauren Paridise
Massabesic Middle School, E. Waterboro Brooke Cox
Scarborough Middle School, Scarborough Ivy DiBiase
St. Dominic Academy, Auburn John Auer
Veazie Community School, Veazie Sydney Solomon
Wells Junior High School, Wells Kiah Holdsworth, Estelle Reardon

About Maine Humanities Council

The Maine Humanities Council is an independent, statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the people of Maine deepen their understanding of themselves, their communities, and the world. The Council works with volunteer literacy programs, educators, school systems and libraries to promote the power and pleasure of ideas through its programming; the Council also provides grants supporting projects in community history, exhibits, workshops and other areas of study.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this press release do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.