Friday morning, I slept in late. Like, 9 A.M. late. The only thing that dragged me out of bed immediately was Mom knocking on my door telling me that my teacher was on the phone and wanted to talk to me. I instantly panicked, thinking I was in some kind of MEGA HUGE trouble or something. But it was actually something I never expected. She wanted Mom on another phone to listen too. Dreading her next words, I heard, "K, you are the state winner for the LAL!" Of course, I was too stunned to speak and was shocked for the rest of the day.
(If you don't know what the LAL is, go here. Basically, you write to an author (dead or alive) of a book or poem that made a significant impact on your life in some way.)
Mom, my sister, and a friend staying with us all wanted to read my letter. Then we called and informed Dad, who was equally ecstatic to hear the news. Unfortunately, I couldn't scream the news to the world yet because my teacher wanted my classmates to be surprised. So I was bursting at the seams to tell everyone until Tuesday. Now, I can share it with everyone. I'm still pretty shocked about it all. I wasn't even trying to win anything. I just wanted an A from my teacher. I got an A++, as I recall, and that made me pretty happy. But 1st place, level three, at state level?? That's almost too much! Needless to say, I'm pretty ecstatic! National level, here I come!
Ciao for now!