A student from Shallow Brook Intermediate school will travel to Washington, D.C., this weekend to be honored as a finalist in a regional writing competition.
Jaime Daniels, a fifth- grader, will travel to the capital Sunday with her family to attend the National Book Festival, with a ceremony to honor the winning participants of the contest.
The writing contest and the book festival are sponsored by the Library of Congress. The contest was open to students who visit libraries in the Mid-Atlantic region. Daniels submitted her essay at the Red Land Community Library in Etters.
The "A Book That Shaped Me" contest asked rising fifth- and sixth-graders to write an essay about a book that had a personal impact on their lives.
Five Pa. finalists: Daniels was one of five finalists from Pennsylvania. Daniels said she wrote about "The Titan's Curse," by Rick Riordan. The book is the third in a series about Percy Jackson, a character who interacts with gods from Greek mythology.
Daniels said the book taught her about making choices, keeping in touch with people who are close to her and helping people in need. "Even though choices might be hard, you should do what you think is right," Daniels said.
Daniel's mother, Jessica, said entering the contest paired her daughter's competitive nature and love for writing.
"It was totally all her," she said.
Deb Sullivan, community relations director for York County Libraries, said the county submitted 26 essays for the contest. Sullivan was thrilled Daniels has a chance to participate in the book festival this weekend.
"She'll get to meet and see authors who have gone on to publish books," Sullivan said. "I think that's pretty inspiring."
Daniels said she is working on her own book in her spare time: "Whistle in the Wind" is about two cousins and a brother and sister who travel the world to find out secrets about places like Japan, Germany and Spain.
The book festival is a free event to the public and will be held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. At the ceremony, Daniels will receive a $50 gift-card prize.
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