WWE READING WRESTLEMANIA® CHALLENGE WINNERS!
Bridgeport Public Library and the WWE unleashed the reading power of local teen patrons. Javier Llantin Cruz and Ramon Pons, both of Bridgeport, CT were finalists in the WrestleMania® Reading Challenge. Eighteen readers were selected over a four month judging process based on how they answered the following question, “What is your favorite book and why should your favorite wrestler read it?” Winners in grades 5-12 were chosen from across the United States, Canada and England.
“The teens visiting Bridgeport Public Library have a voracious reading appetite,” explains teen librarian Michael Bielawa. “It is an honor, and quite an achievement, to have not one, but two individuals representing Bridgeport in an essay contest that took place across North America.”
All finalists won transportation, hotel, tickets and spending money to attend WrestleMania 29 at MetLife Stadium on April 7, 2013 for them and a parent or guardian. Their sponsoring library received a $2,000 contribution to support local literacy programs.
Each finalist from grades 5-6 was provided a copy of Over Sea, Under Stone, by Susan Cooper. Each finalist from grades 7-8 was provided a copy of Chronicles of Harris Burdick, by Chris Van Allsburg, and each finalist from grades 9-12 was provided a copy of This Dark Endeavor, by Kenneth Oppel.
Photo courtesy of World Wrestling Entertainment