Nevada Winners Recognized for 2017 Letters About Literacy Competition

Reception at Grant Sawyer Building Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017


Mary Woods
Public Information Officer
(775) 684-0202
- August 28, 2017

Las Vegas, NV - Three Las Vegas-area students will receive awards for their winning submissions to the Library of Congress’ Letters about Literature contest and will be honored Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 3pm.
by Nevada State Library & Archives at a reception on the first floor of the Grant Sawyer building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas.

Letters about Literature is a reading and writing contest sponsored by the U.S. Library of Congress Center for the Book in Washington, DC. Students in grades 4-12 are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to that author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on a state and national level.

Out of more than 47,000 letters submitted nationally, three winners were chosen from each state and the District of Columbia (103 total). Three Las Vegas-area students were given this honor. These winners then re-submitted their letters to the Library of Congress, which determined the national finalists. Northwest Career and Technical Academy (Las Vegas) student Apoorva Chauhan was declared a National Winner (Level 3) for her letter to Stephen Chbosky, author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Nevada State winners are:
• Level 1 (grades 4-6): Elise Choi, individual entry, Las Vegas, who wrote to Kate Douglas Wiggins about the book, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
• Level 2 (grades 7-8): Charlotte Thaler, Adelson Educational Campus, Las Vegas, who wrote to Rupi Kaur about the book, Milk and Honey
• Level 3 (grades 9-12): Apoorva Chauhan, Northwest Career and Technical Academy,
Las Vegas, who wrote to Stepen Chbosky about the book, The Perks of Being a
Wallflower (National Winner)

The Letters about Literature program is sponsored in Nevada by the Nevada Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book. The Nevada Center for the Book is a program of the Nevada State Library, Archives & Public Records.

For more information, contact Tammy Westergard, Deputy State Librarian, at 775-684-3306 or

Tammy A. Westergard, MLS |Assistant Administrator|
Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records
State of Nevada | Department of Administration
100 N. Stewart Street, Carson City, NV 89701-5285
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