Stamford fourth-grader Sophia Scorziello was one of only two Stamford students to be named finalists in the 2011 Letters About Literature Contest. The other Stamford finalist was fifth-grader Tajae Medley. Both attend Davenport Ridge School.

Sophia, Tajae and the other Connecticut finalists were honored Sunday at the University of Connecticut Greater Hartford campus. In addition to receiving the award, the finalists got to meet author Catherine Gourley, who was the guest speaker.

Sophia’s letter was written to author M.J. Auch about her book “One-Handed Catch.” It was entered in the competition by her teacher, Sara Kane.

About 70,000 students nationwide participated in the contest this year by writing letters to the author of their favorite book, Letters About Literature’s website says.  The winners at the national level receive a $10,000 grant from Target for a library in their community, and a $500 Target GiftCard. The National Honors recipients receive a $1,000 grant and a $50 gift card, the website says.

Connecticut winners were Tessora Chang, Hartford, Level 1 (Grades 4-6), Christian Lusardi, Hartford,  Level 2 (Grades 7-8), and Eliza Llewellyn, Westport, Level 3 (Grades 9-12).

The National Winners were: Taylor Mathews, Searcy, Ark., and Maryam Salah, Shrewsbury, Mass., Level 1; Christian Lusardi, Hartford, and Audrey Wood, Waynesboro, Va., Level 2; Akash Kar, Saratoga, Calif., and Ashli Bynum, Ada, Mich., Level 3.

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