State honors winners of young readers challenge

KENNY KEMP | Gazette
Heavenly Adkins (left), a fourth-grader at Weimer Elementary School in St. Albans, gets congratulations from author Colleen Anderson, the featured speaker at the annual Letters about Literature Awards Ceremony at the Culture Center. The competition invites students to write to their favorite authors. Adkins won first place among fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders. Her classmate, Jesilynn Smith (second from left), also won an award Tuesday.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia honored the winners of a writing challenge for young readers.

Students competing in the Letters About Literature challenge wrote letters to their favorite authors. The West Virginia Library Commission says 776 students participated in this year’s competition.

Winners were chosen in each of three levels. Level 1 was grades 4, 5 and 6. Level 2 was grades 7 and 8. Level 3 was grades 9 and 10.

Heavenly Adkins of St. Albans is the Level 1 winner. The Level 2 winner is Ace Lipscomb of Princeton. Cedar Sands of New Martinsville is the Level 3 winner.

West Virginia Humanities Council program officer Mark Payne presented the awards Tuesday during a ceremony at the Culture Center in Charleston.

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