Congratulations to Maryland’s 2019 LAL Winners, Runners-Up & Finalists!
Hundreds celebrate Maryland’s 2019 LAL Finalists
On May 4, more than 200 people gathered to celebrate Maryland’s 101 state finalists at the 2019 Letters About Literature Awards Ceremony. Congressman John Sarbanes and Michael Sarbanes joined Phoebe Stein, executive director of Maryland Humanities, in presenting certificates to our finalists.
Local author Melinda Beatty delivered the keynote address, moving the audience with her lively speech about how elements of the fantasy and science fiction genres can enhance all types of writing and her pride in the passionate letters from the finalists. Maryland state winners Clara Winkel, and Esther Kim read their inspiring letters aloud, captivating the audience and receiving well-deserved standing ovations. Anthony Charles, the Level One state winner was congratulated in absentia.
Thank you to our partners and friends at Mercy High School Baltimore for hosting this event!
|Level||2019 Winner||2019 Runner-Up|
|Level 1||Anthony Charles, from Walker Mill Middle School in Capitol Heights, wrote his letter to Jerry Spinelli about his book Maniac Magee.||Vivien Kaplan, from The Key School in Annapolis, wrote her letter to Lauren Wolk about her book Wolf Hollow.|
|Level 2||Clara Winkel, from Leonardtown Middle School in Leonardtown, wrote her letter to Portia Nelson about her poem “Autobiography in Five Short Chapters.”||Storrie Kulynych-Irvin, from Annapolis, wrote her letter to Helena Kelly about her book Jane Austen, The Secret Radical.|
|Level 3||Esther Kim, from Potomac, wrote her letter to Franny Choi about her poem “Choi Jeong Min.”||Emmy Song, from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, wrote her letter to Michelle Obama about her book Becoming.|