Hastings Entertainment Inc, a national retailer, has announced the winner of its nationwide Summer Book Club Essay Contest.

A panel of judges among hundreds of essays selected the writings of Meredith Pletcher from Winnsboro. Pletcher was awarded two Dell laptop computers from Hastings, one for herself and one to donate to her school, Mt. Vernon High School.

Hastings’ Summer Book Club lasted from May 5, 2012 until September 8, 2012 and encouraged kids to participate in summer reading activities at Hastings.