YALSA, WWE Name 2009 WrestleMania Reading Challenge Champions

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Christian Cervantes and Stephanie Diaz of Houston were crowned national champions in the WrestleMania[R] Reading Challenge, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, and World Wrestling Entertainment[R], with support from Mattel.

In the grade 9-12 finals. Cervantes just beat fellow contestant Angelica Kruth of Munhall, Pa., in a race to answer the most questions correctly about the book "Shift" by Jennifer Bradbury. Other regional finalists in the grade 9-12 competition were Gavin Marriott, Edgemont, S.D.; William Matthew Haggerry, Snow Hill, N.C.; and Karolina Flores, El Monte, Calif.

Diaz successfully defeated her competition in the grade 7-8 competition by answering the most questions correctly about the book "Soccer Chicks Rule" by Dawn Fitzgerald. Other regional finalists in the grade 7-8 competition were Marissa Brann, Corydon, Ind.; Hansel Caraballo, N.Y.; Kyle Hoskins, Louisville, Ky.; and Kayla Bell, Los Angeles.;

In addition to being named national champions, Cervantes and Diaz won ringside seats to WrestleMania. Participating in the finals were WrestleMania Reading Challenge spokespeople and WWE Superstars Mark Henry[[TM]], MVP[TM], and Matt Hardy[TM] and WWE Diva Layla[TM] Bradbury served as the judge for the competition,

Ten regional winners in grades 7-8 and 9-12 from across the United States came to Houston as the guests of World Wrestling Entertainment. …