For immediate release | April 5, 2013

YALSA, WWE® name Wrestlemania® Reading Challenge finalists

CHICAGO Eighteen regional winners in grades 5-12 from across the United States and Canada have won a chance to compete in the WrestleMania® Reading Challenge Finals on April 6, 2013, at City College in New York. The WrestleMania Reading Challenge is sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and WWE®.

All finalists win transportation, hotel, tickets and spending money to attend WrestleMania 29 at MetLife Stadium on April 7, 2013 with a parent or guardian. Their sponsoring library receives a $2,000 contribution to support local literacy programs. Finalists will compete in the WrestleMania Reading Challenge Finals, where they can win ringside tickets to WrestleMania 29 and other prizes.

Each finalist from grades 5-6 will be provided a copy of "Over Sea, Under Stone" by Susan Cooper. Each finalist from grades 7-8 will be provided a copy of Chronicles of "Harris Burdick" by Chris Van Allsburg, and each finalist from grades 9-12 will be provided a copy of "This Dark Endeavor" by Kenneth Oppel to read in preparation for the final competition on April 6.

The 2013 regional winners are:

Grades 9-12: Kazek Israni-Winger, Oakville, Ontario, Canada, sponsored by Elise C Cole, Kenyan Gustafson, Sleepy Hollow, Ill., sponsored by Danielle Pacini; Benjamin Havel, Gloversville, N.Y., sponsored by Carla Bengle-Mackey; Joanna Wallace, Hopewell, Va., sponsored by Patricia Scanlan; Javier Llantin Cruz, Bridgeport, Conn., sponsored by Michael Bielawa; and Rose Gonzalez, San Diego, Calif., sponsored by Leticia Castellanos.

Grades 7-8: Harneek Kapoor, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, sponsored by Jessica Bates; Yesenia Castelan, Whiting, Ind., sponsored by Montserrat Inglada; Fenesse Walker, Rochester, N.Y., sponsored by Meghan Kitz; Marc Ortiz, Ramon Pons, Bridgeport, Conn., sponsored by Diane Antonelli; and Frankie Sindelar, Billings, Mont., sponsored by Jennifer Kruger.

Grades 5-6: Fiona Woolley, Galway-Cavendish-Harvey, Ontario, Canada, sponsored by Heather Kennedy; Angelina Manfredini, Westchester, Ill., sponsored by Andrew Troppito; Estevan Morales, Syracuse, N.Y., sponsored by Christina Limpert; Joshua Bendle, Quinton, Pa., sponsored by Peg Noctor; Dianna Nielsen, Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., sponsored by Nicole Taormina; and Autumn Dudley, San Diego, Calif., sponsored by Leticia Castellanos.


For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos, and audio books for teens. For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail,

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Jaclyn Finneke

Communications Manager

Young Adult Library Services Association

1-800-545-2433 ext.2128