Congratulations to Saint Brigid of Kildare School sixth grade student Sara Goodlive, who was a state level first place winner in the 2018 Letters About Literature writing contest.
Saint Brigid of Kildare School students have participated in this contest for the past 12 years. Though there are usually multiple students who advance through several levels of judging, Sara is the first Saint Brigid of Kildare School student to place first in the state.
1,020 students from Ohio entered the contest for our division, from which 189 were chosen to advance to state level judging. Of the 189 who advanced, 12 were Saint Brigid of Kildare School students: Julia Belli, Brady Bennison, Anthony Campagni, Andrew Freiburger, Pierre-Andre Geoffrion, Sara Goodlive, Sophia Heise, Anthony Leasure, Drew Myers, Miko Phillips, Leo Walling, and Kyle White.
Sara then advanced to further rounds of judging where she was chosen as one of the top 20 in the state; she then went on to win first place in the state. Each state’s first place winning letter will be judged at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. and a national winner will be selected.
“The competition was a great learning experience and I still can’t believe I won!” says Sara.
The national writing contest is open to students in grades four through twelve in all fifty states. Students from public, private and charter schools enter the contest, with thousands of entries and participation from each state in the U.S. The annual contest integrates the English Language Arts learning standards with an authentic writing opportunity that allows students to express their personal feelings about a book and its effect on them in the form of a letter to the author.
What comes from St. Brigid sixth grade students are interpretive reader responses that delve into their personal experiences, and how reading a book has shaped their larger view of the world, their lives, and their impact on others.
“This contest challenges students to think deeply and take risks which helps them become stronger and more confident writers overall.” says sixth grade literacy teacher Jill Cecutti.
The national winner will be selected in Washington D.C. in the coming weeks.