This week, a group of North Carolina students carried a message about the importance of libraries all the way to Capitol Hill.

They joined library leaders and advocates to meet with the state’s members of Congress on Tuesday.

The 10 students won the North Carolina Library Association’s second annual Student Library Ambassadors program. They represented North Carolina libraries at National Library Legislative Day in Washington, D.C.

The students submitted winning essays, videos, special projects or poems about the value of libraries. The winners, chosen from 42 entries, received an all expenses paid trip to the nation’s capital.

The group included chaperone Anthony Chow, an associate professor of library and information studies at UNC-Greensboro.

Chow also brought along his daughter Emma and his son Alex. Alex also volunteers at the Benjamin Branch library each week, Anthony Chow said in an email.

Click here to see the winning contest entries.

The following is a list of the 2015 NCLA Student Library Ambassadors. 

1. Genevieve (Gigi)



2nd Grade

Hardin Park Elementary School

Boone, NC


2. Félicité



5th Grade

Ballantyne Elementary School

Charlotte, NC


3. Katie



4th Grade

Park Elementary School

Charlotte, NC


4. Justice



8th Grade

Hope Middle School

Greenville, NC


5. Maeve



9th Grade

Lejeune High School,

Camp Lejeune, NC


6. Sam



6th Grade

John Chavis Middle School

Cherryville, NC


7. Gillian



9th Grade

David Butler High School

Matthews, NC


8. Max



11th Grade

NC School of Science & Math

Deep Gap, NC


9. Breanna



11th Grade

South Davidson High School

Denton, NC


10. Brianna



10th Grade

South Davidson High School

Denton, NC


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