Making her mark in reading

January 23, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Deanna Prince, a seventh-grader at Crofton Middle School in Anne Arundel County, is this year's winner in the Bowie Baysox's annual "Read and Hit a Home Run" bookmark design competition, part of the minor-league team's ticket giveaway reading promotion.

The promotion features a bookmark that pupils in 10 school districts use to track their reading outside the classroom. Pupils earn pairs of tickets to games at the team's Prince George's County stadium when they read four books and submit summaries to teachers.

Prince's design -- which features baseball diamonds enclosed in each "0" of the year 2000, with the slogan of the program around the perimeter -- was chosen from more than 10,000 entries. At an assembly at her school Tuesday, she received a Baysox 22-game ticket plan and a $50 savings account at Crestar Bank, among other prizes.

The giveaway is part of the Maryland Baseball Reading Incentive Program, run through Maryland Baseball LLC, which owns the Baysox, the Frederick Keys and the Delmarva Shorebirds minor-league teams.

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