ABOVE: From left are Ravenwood librarian Tiffany Tucker, design winner Madeline Zhang, and Tennessee Association of School Librarians advocacy chair Lindsey Kimery.



Ravenwood High School 11th grader Madeline Zhang placed first in the High School division for her original design of a bookmark in the annual Tennessee Association of School Librarians contest.

She received a cash award, an enlarged copy of her design, and 50 bookmarks of her design.

More than 270 students from across Tennessee submitted an original design for the contest.

The theme of this year’s contest is “Everyone Belongs at Your School Library.”

Student entries were judged by illustrator Kris Sexton in the categories of creativity, execution of the theme, and use of materials.

Her school librarian, Tiffany Tucker, will receive 200 bookmarks of Madeline’s winning design, plus an enlarged copy.

“The theme really spoke to me because I feel like the Brentwood community can really benefit from welcoming newcomers into our community. Plus, libraries really are a place of inclusion, and I love books and reading so I wanted to be involved,” Zhang said.

Tucker was thrilled when she learned Madeline had won the contest.

“When I saw the design, I thought- this is the state winner,” Tucker said. “We love having collaborations between the library and other departments in the school, so this was a great way to combine art and the library. It was very exciting to see all the entries come in at RHS, and I love when students help me promote reading and our library.”

Ravenwood Art teacher Christy Douglas helped get students involved in the contest as well.

She said of Madeline’s design, “She captured the theme beautifully with her creative little characters. Her classmates and I were so impressed with her clever perspective. We just knew she had a great chance of winning!”

Copies of Madeline’s bookmark will also be sent to the Tennessee State Legislature and distributed to librarians across the state at the TASL conference this fall.

For questions about the contest, please contact Lindsey Kimery, TASL Advocacy Chair, [email protected].

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