BOICEVILLE — Onteora student Thea Millenson- Wilens is a national winner in the Letters About Literature writing contest sponsored by the Library of Congress. Thea’s letter to Gayle Forman, author of If I Stay, won one of two National Prizes awarded in the Level 2 (Grades 7 and 8) category. The prize includes a $2,000 award.
Thea, who initially wrote the letter to Ms. Forman as part of an assignment for Denise Maltese’s Grade 8 English class, will be entering ninth grade in the fall.
Thea qualified for the national round of the competition by winning at the state level. As a winner in the New York State Letters About Literature competition, she had the opportunity to attend the New York Writers Hall of Fame’s June induction ceremony, which honored new inductees Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jennifer Egan, James Patterson, Larry Kramer, Ntozake Shange, Richard Peck, and William Cullen Bryant.
The HYPERLINK “http:// www.read.gov/letters/”t”_ blank” Letters About Literature program is a national reading and writing promotion contest that is judged at the state and national levels. To enter, readers write personal letters to an author, living or dead, from any genre, explaining how that author’s work changed their way of thinking about the world or themselves.