Capstone imprint Stone Arch Books, a children's fiction publisher, announced the top five finalists in its Create Your Own Sports Star nationwide contest, inspired by the publisher’s partnership with Sports Illustrated KIDS. The contest invited students in grades 3-6 to create their own fictional sports super star to be the featured character in an upcoming Sports Illustrated KIDS Graphic Novel.
The five finalists were selected from the more than 840 entries featuring 57 different sports. Descriptions of the finalists’ characters, as well as professionally-illustrated sketches are available at www.CapstoneKids.com. Kids are encouraged to visit the site and vote for their favorite character. Voting runs through April 11, 2010, with the winner revealed April 15.
“We learned so much about these kids through their writing and the underlying themes of their stories – family struggles, being an underdog, mean girls, fierce competition, and the quest to succeed,” said Lori Benton, General Manager/Publisher of Capstone Fiction. “Now it’s up to our young sports fans to decide. Kids can voice their opinion, vote for their favorite character, and choose our winner!”
The winning character will appear in a Sports Illustrated Kids Graphic Novel book available Jan. 1, 2011. The winning student, along with his/her school, will be included in a page at the back of the book.
Contest finalists are:
· Brock, a 3rd grader from Sycamore, Ill.
· Emily, a 6th grader from Carver, Minn.
· Emily, a 5th grader from Newington, Conn.
· Jane, a 6th grader from Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.
· Justin, a 4th grader from Pflugerville, Texas