Congratulations to Maryland’s 2017 LAL Winners, Runners-Up, & Finalists!
Hundreds celebrate Maryland’s 2017 LAL Finalists
On April 22, more than 200 people gathered to celebrate Maryland’s 61 state finalists at the 2017 Letters About Literature Awards Ceremony. Senator Paul Sarbanes, Congressman John Sarbanes, and Michael Sarbanes joined Phoebe Stein, executive director of Maryland Humanities, in presenting certificates to our finalists.
Local author Debbie Levy delivered the keynote address, entertaining the audience with her personal story of how various letters have impacted her life. Maryland state winners Tori Delaine Johnson, Salihah Aakil, and Angela Estavillo read their inspiring letters aloud, captivating the audience and receiving well-deserved standing ovations.
Thank you to our partners and friends at Mercy High School Baltimore for hosting this event!
|Level||2017 Winner||2017 Runner-Up|
|Level 1||Tori Delaine Johnson from Bowie wrote her letter to Natasha Anastasia Tarpley about her book I Love My Hair.||Tehle Ross from Baltimore wrote to Margaret Willey about her book Clever Beatrice.|
|Level 2||Salihah Aakil from Silver Spring wrote her letter to Warsan Shire about her poem “Ugly.”||Sofiia Kucher from Cumberland wrote to Malala about her book I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood up for Education and was shot by the Taliban.|
|Level 3||Angela Estavillo, from Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson, wrote her letter to Richard Lewis about his novel The Killing Sea.||Sylvia Johnson, from Catonsville High School in Catonsville, wrote her letter to James Herriot about his book All Creatures Great and Small.|