Wyoming Humanities names 2022 “Letters About Literature” winners

The Wyoming Center for the Book, now operating under the Wyoming Humanities umbrella, announced this year’s winners of the annual Letters About Literature contest for the state’s youth.

In this national program, students in grades 4-12 are invited to read, be inspired, and write back to the author (living or dead) of a book that changed their lives. More than 260 students from across Wyoming participated in this year’s event.

This year’s winners and their chosen books are:

Grades 4-6:

o 1st Place: Caroline Childers, Lander – “Out of My Mind” by Sharon Draper

o 2nd Place: Arya Ghormley, Lander – “Keeper of the Lost Cities” by Shannon Messenger

o 3rd Place: Charlotte Osborne, Lander – “Helpers” by Nate Long

o Honorable Mention: Kimberly Weber, Lander – “Chains” by Laurie Halse Anderson

Grades 7-8:

o 1st Place: Kailee Grimes, Pinedale – “The Histories” by Herodotus

o 2nd Place: Royce Hancock, Riverton – “All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome” by Kathy Hoopmann

o 3rd Place: Evie Mushlock, Shell – “Refugee by Alan Gratz

o Honorable Mention: Elsie Bott, Riverton – “Fablehaven” by Brandon Mull

Grades 9-12:  

o 1st Place: Malorie Bender, Lander – “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” by Emily Danforth

o 2nd Place: Parker Zoe Jackson, Laramie – “Throne of Glass” Series by Sarah Maas

o 3rd Place: Ethan Cearlock, Powell – “The Stranger” by Albert Camus

o Honorable Mention: Alexandra Tibbets, Green River – “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger

Winners received Amazon gift cards worth $150 for first place, $100 for second, and $50 for third.

For more information about Wyoming Humanities and its programs, visit thinkwy.org. Information about the Wyoming Center for the Book can be directed to Lucas Fralick at lucas@thinkwy.org or 307.660.0729.