YALSA, WWE Name WrestleMania Reading Challenge Champions

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Eric Jose, Marinna Vela and Brandy Eggleston were crowned national champions in the WrestleMania[R] XXVII Reading Challenge on April 2, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, and WWE, with support from Mattel, Penguin, Cold Stone Creamery, DK Publishing, El Entertainment and Topps.

Twenty regional winners in grades 5-12 from across the United States and Canada won the chance to compete in the WrestleMania[R] Reading Challenge World Finals.

Students competed in a trivia contest to win the title of World Champion for their age division and ringside tickets to WrestleMania. WWE Legend Jimmy "Mouth of the South" Hart served as emcee and WrestleMania Reading Challenge spokespeople included WWE Superstars Big Show[R], Kofi Kingston[R], Hornswoggle[R] and WWE Diva Eve[TM], who asked the questions of the finalists during the competition. Joan Bauer, author of Stand Tall and Peeled, served as a judge for the competition.

Each regional winner won" a trip for two to Atlanta, tickets to WrestleMania XXVII, and $2,000 for their sponsoring library. More than 50,000 students at 1,800 libraries participated in this year's competition. …