(Washington, D.C.—March 15, 2016) Out of almost 2,000 letters submitted from New Jersey in the 2015-2016 Letters About Literature contest, High Tech High School received notice that twenty students had been selected by judges for the final round at the state level, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech.
Letters About Literature received almost 2,000 letters from New Jersey students. After two rounds of judging at the national level, seventy-four letters at the high school level qualified for at least two more rounds of judging at the state level. Judges recognized twenty students from High Tech High School out of these seventy-four letters to advance to the final round of judging. The following students have been recognized:
Bayonne residents AnnMary Ibrahim, Mary Megali, Natalie Skibniewski, and Hannah Grace Tan; Nicole Lee of Guttenberg; Harrison resident Amal Joseph; Tahlia Cantatore and Natalie LoBue of Hoboken; Jersey City residents Antoinette Critelli, Alex Kim, and Thi Ly; Andrew Tran of Kearny; North Bergen residents Sarah Bacha, Genesis Cevallos, Cathryn Pace, Victoria Rivero, Stephanie Schwartz, Armando l. Alvarez Suarez, and Zhixiu Zheng; and Eleanore Woodruff of Weehawken.
Letters About Literature, a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12, asks each student to read a book, poem, or speech and compose a letter to the author (whether living or dead) about the ways that the author’s work affected that student personally.
Contest judges at state and national levels choose from tens of thousands of letters gleaned from students all across the country. The 2015-2016 Letters About Literaturecontest, made possible by a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, with additional support from gifts to the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, celebrates authors who have helped shape America and the world itself.