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Palms Student Wins California Letters About Literature Contest
Posted 4/10/14

trophy, courtesy lakeshorelearningThe annual Letters about Literature contest asks students to read a book, poem, or speech, then write to the author about how the work impacted their lives. Many thousands of letters are judged in highly competitive state contests. Ten semi-finalists are selected in each state and state winners move to the national competition.

Mr. Reynold's 7th grade Honors English students enter the contest each year, submitting letters to The California Center for the Book, which administers the contest in California. The Library of Congress administers the national contest.

I Am MalalaThe 2014 California winner for Grades 7-8 is Layla Arjomand from Palms Middle School!

Layla read I Am Malala, the autobiography of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl famous for her campaign for educational rights for girls, despite an attack by the Taliban and continued threats.

Another of the 10 California semi-finalists was Caitlin Chen, also of Palms Middle School!

Caitlin wrote to Jerry Spinelli, author of the popular young adult novel Maniac Magee. Caitlin was previously a winner of the Tenth District PTA Reflections Art Contest and competed in the California State Reflections contest.

Congratulations to Layla and Caitlin for their outstanding academic achievement! Good luck to Layla in the national competition!