Students receive Washington’s 2014 Letters About Literature honor

April 22, 2014

By Staff

Issaquah resident and Eastside Catholic Middle School student Sophie Zebala was honored as a semifinalist by Washington’s 2014 Letters About Literature this month.

ECMS honored 12 students, including seventh-grader Owen Bernstein, of Sammamish, who was named Level 2 champion for his letter to Orson Scott Card about his book “Pastwatch.” The results of the national competition will be released in late April or early May.

Letters About Literature encourages young readers to read a book and write a letter to the author about how the book changed their view of the world. Students compete at three levels: Level 1 for grades four through six, Level 2 for grades seven and eight and Level 3 for grades nine and 10.

One letter from each level from each state is entered in the national competition. Approximately 4,245 Washington students submitted letters for the three levels.

“These students have done a wonderful job and should be very proud of their accomplishments,” Principal Polly Skinner said. “It’s exciting to see so many Eastside Catholic students take part in Letters About Literature and be awarded for their hard work.”

Other local semifinalists are:

Level 1 — Eva Hartman, of Newcastle.

Level 2 — Conrad Gregg, Hailey Jenkins and Gracie Jendrezak, of Sammamish.

There will be an awards ceremony at the State Capitol in Olympia on May 9 to recognize the champions, second-place runners up and honorable mentions. Other state semifinalists will receive an award certificate in the mail.

This is the ninth year the Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, has sponsored the competition as part of Washington Reads. Letters About Literature is also sponsored by The Center for the Book at the Library of Congress. Learn more at

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