Gabriel Ferris, 13, of Waterville Junior High School, beat 21,713 national submissions to win first place in Level 2 of this year’s national Letters About Literature contest for his letter to Walter Isaacson, author of the biography Steve Jobs.
Gabriel’s letter poses a question highly relevant for modern culture: “Is excess a requirement for extreme success? Your story leaves me wondering if this is the case – and struggling with the balance between still wanting to do something great while still being someone great. Consequently, your story created more questions in my life than it answered.”
The contest asks students grades 4-12 to write a letter to any author, living or dead, whose work deeply changed their view of the world or themselves. The Maine Humanities Council is delighted to have had three Maine students as national winners in past years.
Listen below to hear Gabriel read his letter.