The following St. Andrew's-Sewanee School eighth graders received Honorable Mentions in the statewide Letters About Literature contest: Madeline Mundkowsky, Gus Croom, Mac Croom, Tyler Rodgers, and Sophia Carlos of Sewanee and Kathleen Perkins of Monteagle.
In informing the school of the awards, Serenity Gerbman, director of the Literature and Languages Program of Humanities Tennessee said of SAS humanities teacher Kinion Pond, "The number and quality of the letters demonstrates your excellence as a teacher."
Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem, or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels. Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year.
The 2017-18 Letters About Literature contest for young readers is 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, which promotes the contest through its affiliate Centers for the Book, state libraries and other organizations.