Eighteen teens and tweens from across the United States and Canada have been selected as finalists in the WrestleMania Reading Challenge, sponsored by YALSA and World Wrestling Entertainment, with support from Mattel and DK Publishing.

These young readers will be going to Phoenix next month to compete for ringside tickets to WrestleMania XXVI. Congratulations to the finalists!

Grades 5-6
Andrew Hall, LaPorte, Texas (sponsored by librarian Anne Farley)
Melissa Rafet Dennis, Phoenix, Arizona (sponsored by librarian Taunya Pappenfus)
Cindy Leung, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (sponsored by librarian Michelle’  Papineau-Couture)
Gabriel Murrell, Courtice, Ontario, Canada (sponsored by librarian Tiffany Balducci)
Jordan Piekarski, Lansing, Illinois (sponsored by librarian Rebecca Malinowski)
Ricki Roberts, San Diego, Calif. (sponsored by librarian Leticia Direen)
Sailesh Srinivas, Hicksville, N.Y. (sponsored by librarian Judith Messler)

Grades 7-8
Katherine Bensburg, Mahopac, N.Y. (sponsored by librarian Rita Covelli)
Elmaz Mahmutovic, Sioux Falls, S.D. (sponsored by librarian Mary Peters)
Daniel Davila, Avandale, Ariz. (sponsored by librarian Kristin Fletcher-Spear)
Sofia Eury, Phoenix, Ariz. (sponsored by librarian Jill Harrell)
Kyle Duane Hoskins, Louisville, Ky. (sponsored by librarian Phyllis Bergant)
Nicholas Luz, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (sponsored by librarian librarian Michelle’  Papineau-Couture)
Liam Jose, Oshawa, Ont., Canada (sponsored by librarian Tiffany Balducci)
Valarie Winkleman, Whiting, Ind. (sponsored by librarian Montserrat Ingladas)

Grades 9-12
Brian Keith Chest Jr., Phoenix, Ariz. (sponsored by librarian Jill’ Harrell)
Tiffany Chu, Greensboro, N.C. (sponsored by librarian Jenny Shepherd)
La’Quan Deen, Homestead, Pa. (sponsored by librarian Emily Salsberry)
Brian Gastelum, San Diego, Calif. (sponsored by librarian Leticia Direen)
Emz Hunsley, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (sponsored by librarian Michelle’  Papineau-Couture)
Samantha Luck, Sault Ste Marie, Ont., Canada (sponsored by librarian Matthew MacDonald)

About Stephanie Kuenn

Stephanie Kuenn is the communications specialist for YALSA, where she is responsible for YALSA's web content, publications, and media relations. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in library and information studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds an M.S. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a B.A. in history and journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She enjoys baking, watching sports, and reading. Her favorite book is "All the King's Men" by Robert Penn Warren.

2 Thoughts on “Congratulations to the 2010 WrestleMania Reading Challenge Finalists

  1. Sofia on April 4, 2010 at 1:08 pm said:

    You spelled my name wrong. It’s Eury not Evry.

  2. Sorry about that Sofia. We have it corrected now.

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