A tenth grader from Gig Harbor was named one of three champions of Washington’s 2018 Letters About Literature Contest. The winner, Amina Khan, will be recognized along with the two other Washington winners in a May 11 ceremony at the Capitol in Olympia.
The Washington Center for the Book and the Library of Congress sponsor the contest. Letters About Literature inspires kids to write to authors who have been meaningful in their lives. Students from 63 schools in Washington wrote nearly 2,500 letters, and 92 semifinalists were selected by the Library of Congress.
“I’m extremely proud that so many young Washington readers shared remarkable insights about the books they love,” said Secretary of State Kim Wyman. Wyman’s office manages the Washington State Library, which partners with the Washington Center for the Book.
Khan won in Level 3 of the competition, which includes grades 9 through 12. Amina wrote her letter to Yann Martel, author of “The Life of Pi.”
“I’m not at fault for being born into a society that is often unwilling to accept who I am, and the best I can do in this situation is simply to love God, like Pi did, and trust Him to show me His pure nature,” Kahn’s letter reads.
The winning letters have been sent to the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress and entered in the national competition. The national winners will be announced in coming weeks.