Letters About Literature is a reading promotion program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.
More than 55,000 students in grades four through 12 competed for this national honor.
The objective was to compose a letter to an author who had been inspirational or altered the students’ view of themselves or the world.
Koerner is one of only six talented contestants to win this honor.
Her winning entry was a letter written to the late J.D. Salinger. The content of her letter expressed how The Catcher in the Rye made her realize that not conforming to the cultural norm would allow her to learn important life lessons.
A $500 Target gift card was presented to Siori. Also, Christiana Middle School Library was awarded a $10,000 library reading grant.
Carr said he was pleased to have the opportunity to honor this gifted young lady and that she had shown a wonderful example of hard work and dedication to her peers.
Principal Bob Horne brought Koerner’s achievement to Carr’s attention. State Sen. Jim Tracy was also present for the presentation.