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Published On: Sat, Aug 24th, 2013

Tyler Weaver, NY student, wins summer reading contest, but reads too much so the contest will be random

A 9-year-old New York student has won a summer reading contest by such a huge margin that the contest will be changed and a future winner will be randomly selected.

Weaver and his mother are upset after a local librarian made disparaging comments about the boy’s dedicated reading habits last week. Tyler has been the winner of Hudson Falls Public Library’s summer reading contest for five years in a row, but library director Marie Gandron told local newspaper the Post-Star that she thinks it’s time he gives someone else a chance.

photo Imagens Evangélicas via Flickr

photo Imagens Evangélicas via Flickr

Gandron told the outlet that Tyler “hogs” the contest and that she wants to change the contest rules so that the winner’s name is picked randomly out of a hat. She suggested that Tyler’s ability deters other kids from participating in the contest, because “they can’t keep up.”

The library holds an annual summer reading contest in which kids who read a minimum of 10 books are invited to an end-of-summer party.

The participant who reads the most books is rewarded with a prize. Over the past five years, Tyler has read a total of 373 books for the contest, the Post-Star reports. The boy completed 63 books from June 24 to Aug. 3, averaging more than 10 a week.

His mother tells the paper she’s “extremely proud” of her sons’ accomplishments, especially Tyler for having held his title for this long.

“I’ve told them God makes all of us different. There are some things that are hard and some that are easy, but they should excel at what they enjoy doing and Tyler just loves to read,” she said. “Everybody he tells, he gets high-fives. Everybody’s so proud of him.”

The school and librarian are under attack for not rewarding individual achievement and instead, turning the program into a participation award.

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  1. Themistocles says:

    Well there you have it. Awards aren’t for winners or people who do anything exceptional.

    Gold medals are for every little mommy’s snowflake who showed up. Wouldn’t want to hurt their second-rate little feelings would we?

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