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|Pass Christian Middle School students, teachers, and principal attended the Letters About Literature awards program on May 2nd at the Mississippi Library Commission in Jackson, Mississippi. Contest semifinalists, finalists, winners, and sponsors are pictured left to right. Front row: Juris Stutts, Reggie Brown, Colton Northrup, Deyani Johnson, Cody Necaise, Dillon Whavers, Kyle Theobald, J.D. McMahan, Nathan Weatherly – 3rd place winner, and De Nguyen. Row 2: 8th grade English teacher Jennifer Gentile, Madison Latham, Amber Funderburk, Lucy Herron, Whitley James, Kaitlyn Null, Taliah Swanier, Landyn Keys, and 7th grade English teacher Megan Green. Back row: Hannah Saizan – 1st place winner, Jordan Bosarge, Principal Joe Nelson, Hailey Reed, Gynata Patel, Ashanti Darensbourg, Library Media Specialist Lana Lacoste, and Savannah Davis.
Posted On: Thursday, May 09, 2013
Pass Christian Middle School has another reason to celebrate the success of their students. Twenty-seven students were recently selected as semifinalists and finalists in the National Letters About Literature (LAL) contest. Among those 27 students, seventh grader Hannah Saizan placed 1st in Mississippi, receiving a medal, certificate, and a check for $100. She is currently competing for the national title. Seventh grader Nathan Weatherly placed 3rd in Mississippi and won a medal, certificate, and a $50 check.
The national semifinalists are Lily Bullock, Whitley James, Gnyata Patel, Nathan Weatherly, Hannah Saizan, Lucy Herron, Juris Stutts, Hailey Reed, Kaitlyn Null, Madison Latham, Amber Funderburk, Taliah Swanier, Colton Northrup, Reggie Brown, Jordan Bosarge, Cody Necaise, Ashanti Darensbourg, Kyle Theobald, Bailey Sykes, Deyani Johnson, Savannah Davis, JD McMahon, Thu Nguyen, Dillon Whavers, Landon Keys, De Nguyen, Kyle Stallings. The following students were then selected as finalists: Lily Bullock, Whitley James, Gnyata Patel, Nathan Weatherly, and Hannah Saizan.
Also receiving special recognition was Pass Christian Middle School library media specialist, Lana Lacoste, who won the LAL Educator of the Year for excellence in encouraging students to participate in Letters About Literature. Lacoste attributed the honor to the collaboration with the language arts teachers, Jennifer Gentile, Megan Green, Elizabeth Welch, and Jill Tutor-Brown. She also expressed her gratitude to her students who wrote to authors and shared their life connections with books.
The Letters About Literature is a national reading promotion program of The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, presented in cooperation with participating affiliate state centers for the book across the country. LAL invites readers in grades 4 through 10 to enter our annual writing competition. To enter, students wrote personal letters to authors, living or dead, from any genre--fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, contemporary or classic--explaining how that author's work changed the student's way of thinking about the world or themselves. The state semi-finalists were selected at the national level from 49,000 entries. A panel from Mississippi Library Commission then judges the semi-finalist to determine the state winners, who advance to compete for the national title. For more information, you may visit lettersaboutliterature.org.