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MA Students Read, Write, and Win

April 5, 2007

Boston, MA - Honoring the state's top young readers and writers is on the agenda at the State House this morning. Students K through 12 participated in "Letters about Literature," writing a letter to their favorite author. The winners have been chosen, and over 30 state lawmakers are expected to be there to help hand out awards. Ali Urban, an 11th grader from Turners Falls High School, won top honors for her letter to L.M. Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables.

"When I was born, my mom read the book to me out loud when I was still in the hospital. And then when I got older and could obviously know what was going on, we read it together, and it definitely always stuck with me."

Urban was one of three winners to receive top honors. Their essays will move on to the national competition. The state event is held every year by the Massachusetts Center for the Book.

Sharon Shaloo, from the Center, notes Mass. students wrote the second most letters in the nation this year.

"The kids write these letters, usually in like a 6-week window in the fall, and you get this incredible snapshot of what's being thought about by our youngest readers."

Kevin Clay/Eric Mack, Public News Service - MA