2016 Level 2 State Winners

First place:

Natalie Anderson, The Blake School, Minneapolis

(letter to George Orwell, author of Animal Farm)

Dear George Orwell,

After reading every single word in your book Animal Farm at least three times, this passage will always stick with me, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” This twisted reasoning was used to oppress the animals in the novel by making some animals think they were better than others.…

2016 Level 1 State Winners

First place:

Alexander Jadoo, McGuire Middle School, Lakeville

(letter to Brian Falkner, author of Brain Jack)

Dear Brian Falkner,

I write to you, to thank you for your writing.…

2014 Level 2 State Winners

First Place:

Noah Visness, ESCHEL Home School Cooperative, St. Paul

Dear Miss Alcott,

Sliding down banisters. Making clubs. Heading out fishing. Racing around the house.…

2012 State Winners

2012 State Winner, Level 1:

Grace Hoaglund, Montrose

(Letter to Jerry Spinelli, author of Maniac Magee)

Dear Jerry Spinelli,

I have always been against bullying, but I never thought it could be as bad as in Maniac Magee.

Past State Winners

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2015 Level 1 State Winners

First place:

Sarah Nadian, Rush Creek Elementary, Maple Grove

(Letter to Suzanne LaFleur, author of Love, Aubrey)

Dear Suzanne LaFleur,

Have you ever heard the saying “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me”?…

Minnesota Crossword Tournament

Solvers will tackle three original crossword puzzles created and edited especially for this tournament by local, professional crossword creators whose work has been published in the New York Times. Scoring to be based on accuracy and speed. Top three solvers with the highest combined scores from the first three rounds will move on to the finals, solving puzzles in front of the audience.