Dollarway High School winner of ‘Letters About Literature’ contest

LITTLE ROCK — Chelsea Osademe, an 11th-grader at Dollarway High School, was recently named one of the winners in Arkansas’s “Letters About Literature” contest.

The reading and writing competition, sponsored by the Arkansas Center for the Book at the Arkansas State Library, the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and Target Corporation, encourages students to write letters to their favorite authors, living or dead.

Chelsea is the Level 3 (grades nine through 12) winner and wrote her letter to Maya Angelou about her poem “Still I Rise”.

Other winners were:

• Margaret Lim, a sixth-grader at Southwest Middle School in Searcy, is the Level 1 (grades four through six) winner. Margaret wrote her letter to Sharon Draper about her book “Out of My Mind”.

• Abbie Beaver, an eighth-grader at Jessieville Middle School, is the Level 2 (grades seven and eight) winner. Abbie wrote her letter to George Orwell about his book “Animal Farm”.

State Librarian Carolyn Ashcraft honored the three state winners during an awards ceremony hosted by the Old Statehouse Museum Saturday at Little Rock. Other winners and finalists were also recognized.

To enter the “Letters About Literature” contest, readers in grades four through 12 write a personal letter to an author explaining how his or her work influenced their perspective on the world or themselves. Students can write about works of fiction, nonfiction or poetry.

The three state winners’ letters have been sent to the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress for the national competition. The results of the national judging will be released in early May.

Taylor Mathews, now a seventh-grader in Searcy, was a national winner in the 2010-2011 competition.

The Arkansas Center for the Book, a program of the Arkansas State Library, is an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The Arkansas center is funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

The Arkansas State Library provides the resources, services, and leadership necessary to meet the educational, informational and cultural needs of the citizens of Arkansas, and provides guidance and support for the development of local public libraries and library services. For more information on the Arkansas State Library, visit; for more information on the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, visit; for more information on the Letters About Literature competition, visit