STPA Student Wins Letters to Authors Writing Contest

STPA Student Wins Letters to Authors Writing Contest
Posted on 04/10/2017
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Over 2,000 Texas students entered the 2017 Letters about Literature Competition, and Cynthia N. Onyiorah, 8th-grader at South Texas Independent School District’s (STISD) South Texas Preparatory Academy (STPA) campus in Edinburg, placed first in the statewide level two division.

Onyiorah of McAllen, was honored at the Texas Association of School Librarians (TASL) meeting on April 20, in San Antonio, TX, along with nine other students who placed 1st-3rd in three different levels. Level one consisted of students in grades 4-6, level two consisted of students in grades 7-8 and level three consisted of students in grades 9-12.

This national reading and writing program, initiated by the Library of Congress, gives students a chance to write to an author, who is living or deceased, about how his or her book has affected their lives. Nationally, nearly 40,000 students wrote letters.

Onyiorah’s letter was written to New York Times bestselling author, Jodi Picoult, on her novel Nineteen Minutes, which examines a school shooting in a small town that was provoked by bullying.

Letters went through four rounds of judging, and were scored based on organization, idea development, language and emotional connection.

For placing first in her division, Onyiorah received a $100 scholarship, and an all expenses paid for trip to the TASL conference in San Antonio. Her letter, along with the other top letters throughout the country, have now qualified for the national competition. Winners will be recognized at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

2017 Letters About Literature Winners

Cynthia Letter Reading