Stevenson Sanderson Bowden is just like any other 7th grader from The Pennington School, except for a recent great achievement she now has under her belt. CommunityNews.org reported that Stevenson took the top spot in the 2018-2019 New Jersey Library of Congress Letters about Literature Contest.

According to Community News, the contest’s site asks for students grade four through twelve to read a book, poem, or speech and write to the author about how the piece personally affected their lives. The contest is separated into Levels based off of grade. Stevenson won the Level II portion for New Jersey, which consists of grades seven and eight. Communitynews.org also mentioned, “Tens of thousands of student from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year.”

Stevenson wasn’t alone. 24 Pennington Middle School students participated in the competition and seven students, including herself, received honors at the award ceremony on Wednesday, May 15, at Rutgers University. The award ceremony is sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Stevenson’s letter to Tuck Everlasting’s author Natalie Babbitt is on its way to Washington to be judged on the national level.