Valley student places in writing contest | Education

Nebraska students entered the annual Letters About Literature competition for the 22nd year. They wrote to explain to an author how books can make a difference in the life of a young person.

Young Nebraska writers who have written winning letters in the Letters About Literature competition will receive award certificates signed by Governor Pete Ricketts. Letters About Literature is a statewide literacy promotion program. The competition encourages young people to read, be inspired by and respond to the author (living or deceased) who has impacted their lives.

This annual competition is coordinated and sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, Nebraska Library Commission, Houchen Bindery Ltd., Humanities Nebraska and Chapters Bookstore in Seward.

Kaydence LaPuzza of Valley was named one of the finalists for her letter to John Green.

The students wrote personal letters to the authors explaining how their work changed their view of themselves or the world. They have selected authors of all genres, fiction or non-fiction, contemporary or classic. The winners were chosen from three levels of competition: high school, middle school and high school.

The Nebraska winners received cash prizes and gift certificates and were honored at a virtual event on May 12. Their winning letters are placed in the Jane Pope Geske Writers of Nebraska Heritage Room at the Bennett Martin Public Library in Lincoln. For more information on the competition see

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