Colette Mahr, a Junior at Chadron High School, garnered considerable merit this month after she earned top honors in the annual ‘Letters About Literature’ contest. The contest was comprised of three levels, Colette winning the Nebraska High School division. Colette will be recognized for her essay on , in Lincoln, during a proclamation ceremony with Governor Ricketts for National Library Week. Her essay will also serve as the Nebraska submission into the National Library of Congress contest to be held this April.
Her essay on the prompt, How did an author’s work change your view of the world or yourself, focused on the works of Laurie Halse Anderson, a notable author in young adult literature. Colette chose Laurie Halse Anderson because “She brings truth to issues young adults face in a raw, honest way.” Colette is the daughter of Chance and Wendy Mahr and enjoys theater, art, and reading.