Delaney Benich, 11, of Crown Point, has won the National Book Festival Official Bookmark contest sponsored by Borders and Library of Congress.
Her "I Can Dream Anything While Reading" bookmark design was chosen from among thousands of colorful and creative entries from youth of all ages. Benich's design includes a set of five frames that collectively spell "DREAM." Each frame depicts a scene - a climber scaling a mountain, spaceship orbiting Earth, a purple-winged dragon, the Wicked Witch of the West and farmhouse from "The Wizard of Oz" and a magnifying glass hovering over mysterious footprints.
As the grand prize winner, Benich received a $500 Borders gift card for herself and another $500 Borders gift card for her school library. In addition, her bookmark is the official bookmark of the National Book Festival and was distributed to tens of thousands of book lovers this year.
"I didn't believe it at first," Benich said of the news.
The daughter of Ken and Danielle Benich, of Crown Point, and a sixth-grader at Taft Middle School, she loves to read and plans to use the gift card to buy books for herself and her family. She also plans to buy books for the library at Solon Robinson Elementary School, where she was a student prior to this year.
At Solon Robinson, she was recognized with awards for reading all 20 Young Hoosier Books and earning the most Accelerated Reader points at school and in the entire school system. She set a record.
At Taft, Benich is involved in photography for the school yearbook. In her spare time she enjoys playing outdoors, watching television, practicing soccer and playing video games along with reading. She plays in a travel soccer league with the Three Lions Club and recently won a Chicago Fire Coloring Contest.
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