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The Library of Congress and DC Public Library Present: A Book That Shaped Me - Summer Writing Contest 2014

Winners & Finalists

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2014 "A Book That Shaped Me" Library of Congress National Book Festival Summer Writing Contest. Congratulations to the 2014 Grand Prize Winners, State Winners, and State Finalists listed below!

Check out past winners, to read winning essays from 2013 and 2012 and discover what books shaped other students!

Grand Prize Winners

1st Place Grand Prize & Virginia State Winner
Ananda Kalukin

"Bird Songs Bible" by Les Beletsky
Arlington Public Library - Central Library

2nd Place Grand Prize & Virginia State Finalist
Gavin Dent

"Omaha Beach and Beyond The Long March of Sergeant Bob Slaughter" by John Robert Slaughter
Roanoke County Public Library - South County Library

3rd Place Grand Prize & Virginia State Finalist
Caroline Antonipillai

"Matilda" by Ronald Dahl
Arlington Public Library - Central Library

Maryland State Winner
Isis Marks-Hamilton

"Rosa Parks" by Erinn Banting
Enoch Pratt Free Library - Pennsylvania Avenue Branch

Delaware State Winner
Sudha Anilkumar

"Out of My Mind" by Sharon Draper
New Castle County Libraries - Brandywine Hundred Library

Pennsylvania State Winner
Audrey Gehm

"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" by J.K. Rowling
Butler County Federated Library – Mars Area Public Library

Washington, DC Winner
Kalina Sloat

"The Year of the Dog" by Grace Lin
District of Columbia Public Library - Cleveland Park Library

West Virginia State Winner
Finnian Mungovan

"Ruttkowsky 68: Terrible Horrible" by Mark Jenkins & Nils Muller
Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library - Martinsburg Library

State Finalists (winners indicated by asterisks)

Name Library Book Title Author
Washington, DC
Helena Bello DC Public Library - Takoma Park Library Bud, Not Buddy Christopher Paul Curtis
Christian G. Herald DC Public Library - Takoma Park Library Counting by 7s Holly Goldberg Sloan
Pasha Ishaq DC Public Library - Georgetown Library 1984 George Orwell
Kalina Sloat * DC Public Library - Cleveland Park Library The Year of the Dog Grace Lin
Cassie Zhang DC Public Library - Tenley-Friendship Library Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe
Maryland
Cora Jackson Prince George's County Memorial Library System-Hyattsville When You Reach Me Rebecca Stead
Isis Marks-Hamilton * Enoch Pratt Free Library - Pennsylvania Avenue Branch Rosa Parks Erinn Banting
Ashlie Price Dorchester County Public Library - Central Library Lanie Jane Kurtz
Nathalie Trouba Prince George's County Memorial Library System-Hyattsville Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone J.K Rowling
Brynn Yates Dorchester County Public Library - Central Library Matilda Roald Dahl
Virginia
Caroline Antonipillai Arlington Public Library - Central Library Matilda Roald Dahl
Gavin Dent Roanoke County Public Library - South County Library Omaha Beach and Beyond The Long March of Sergeant Bob Slaughter John Robert Slaughter
Ananda Kalukin * Arlington Public Library - Central Library Bird Songs Bible Les Beletsky
Raquel Mandojana Arlington Public Library - Central Library Wonder R.J Palacio
Udbhav Muthakana Prince William Public Library System - Central Community Library The Chronicles of Narnia C.S. Lewis
Delaware
Sudha Anilkumar * New Castle County Libraries - Brandywine Hundred Library Out of My Mind Sharon Draper
Madelyn Degnars New Castle County Libraries - Newark Free Library Wonder R.J Palacio
Huda Kose New Castle County Libraries - Newark Free Library Heidi Johanna Spyri
Brendan Lewis Dover Public Library Who Knew? 100's & 100's of Questions & Answers for Curious Mind Bob Strauss
Lucy Verlaque New Castle County Libraries - Newark Free Library Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone J.K. Rowling
Pennsylvania
Amelia Cook York County Library System-Glatfelter The Unwanteds Lisa McMann
Audrey Gehm * Butler County Federated Library System - Mars Area Public Library Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone J.K. Rowling
Carissa George Free Library of Springfield Township Esperanza Rising Pam Muñoz Ryan
Bryce Greco Hazleton Area Public Library Who Was Steve Jobs Pamela D. Pollack & Meg Belviso
Colton Steltzer Westmoreland County Federation Library System - Ligonier Valley TinTin in America Hergé
West Virginia
Addie Hughes Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library - Martinsburg Library Grace's Twist Melissa Morgan
Finnian Mungovan * Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library - Martinsburg Library Ruttkowski; 68:Terrible Horrible Mark Jenkins & Nils Muller
Beth Nichols Roane County Public Library - Geary Public Library Runaway Pony Jeanne Betancourt
Emma Samples Southern Area Library The Wonder of Charlie Anne Kimberly Newton Fusco
Zula Stenger Southern Area Library The Vanishing Coin Kate Egan