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April 29, 2021

Ankeny AELP Students Participate in a Reimagined Letters About Literature Competition

Ankeny Extended Learning Program (AELP) students from throughout the district put their minds together to make the most of this year and present their very own Letters About Literature Competition.

Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest that Elementary AELP students have traditionally participated in annually due to the nature of the creative and high level thinking of the contest. For the contest, students are asked to read a book, poem, or speech and write a letter to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are then judged at both a state and national level. Recently, however, national and state competitions for Letters About Literature have been discontinued. 

Our AELP teachers and students turned this news into a new opportunity to continue learning and growing. Thanks to community businesses and the direction of educator Amy Akers and her students at Southview Middle School, the AELP teachers presented a local version of the contest while staying true to the high level of work that has been done in the past. 

Ankeny Schools is proud to honor these students for their exceptional letters and thank the following businesses for providing prizes for our local Letters About Literature competition. A special thank you to Walls of Books, The Outside Scoop, and Main Street Cafe for the amazing prizes that were awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Congratulations to the following winners chosen by our Southview Middle School AELP Students:

1st Place: Liliana Essary – 5th Grade at East Elementary

Lilianna Essery

2nd Place: Jagger Odgaard  – 5th Grade at Northeast Elementary

Jagger O

3rd Place: Quinn Robie – 5th Grade at Northeast Elementary

Quinn Robie


Honorable Mentions:

Krista  Bogers – 5th Grade at Northwest Elementary

Krista Bogers

Greta DenHartog – 5th Grade at Rock Creek/Remote

Greta DenHartog

Ethan Huyhn – 4th Grade at Ashland Ridge/Remote

Ethan Huyhn