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Lincoln students win in statewide writing competition
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Lincoln students win in statewide writing competition

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Three Lincoln students were winners among students from across Nebraska who competed in the 22nd annual Letters About Literature competition.

The students wrote to tell an author about how books can make a difference in a young person’s life. Young Nebraska writers who wrote winning letters in the competition will receive award certificates signed by Gov. Pete Ricketts.

Letters About Literature is a statewide reading and writing promotion program. The competition encourages young people to read, be inspired and write back to the author (living or dead) who had an impact on their lives.

The contest is coordinated and sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, Nebraska Library Commission, Houchen Bindery Ltd., Humanities Nebraska and Chapters Bookstore in Seward.

Young Lincoln writers to be honored are:

Oslo Gregg, who wrote to Homer Hickman;

Annika Srivastav for her letter to Michelle Obama; and

Runner-up winner Lina Dvorak for her letter to Melissa Bashardoust.

The students wrote personal letters to authors explaining how his or her work changed their view of themselves or the world. They selected authors from any genre, fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic. Winners were chosen from three competition levels: upper elementary, middle, and secondary school.

The winners receive cash prizes and gift certificates, and will be honored at a virtual event Wednesday, May 12. Their winning letters are placed in the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors at Bennett Martin Public Library in Lincoln.

For more information about the competition, see http://centerforthebook.nebraska.gov/programs/LAL.html.

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