Congratulations, Hallie Wettstein: Kansas Notable Reader!

First Lady Mary Brownback recognizes Kansas Notable Readers

Topeka –The top readers of the Read Kansas Read summer reading program and their families have been invited to join First Lady Mary Brownback for an award ceremony at the Kansas Book Festival Saturday, September 7.

Read Kansas Read is a summer reading program launched in May 2011 by Governor Brownback, the Kansas State Department of Education and the State Library of Kansas. Students across Kansas spent the summer recording the number of minutes they read on their reading log. On August 12th, Read Kansas Read participants recorded more than 700,000 minutes in about two months. The top readers in each age group from the seven regional library systems were invited to join the First Lady at the Kansas Book Festival.

“I am encouraged by all the Kansas students who participated in Read Kansas Read this summer, and for how many minutes they read,” said First Lady Mary Brownback. “The Governor and I would like to congratulate all the students who took part. You won by just reading, because reading is important and it will be a skill you use your whole life.”

The 2013 Kansas Notable Readers are:
Jaret Zizz, Plainville Madison Brech, Manhattan
Chiara Crisanti, Holton
Draven Sayre, Colby
Abbie Shurts, Wichita
Brooklyn Monk, Neodesha
Lucy Vajnar, Plains
Megan Roy, Plainville
Kylie McKinney, Abilene
Airica Ratcliff, Topeka Hannah Shaver, WaKeeney
Lydia Bolton, Whitewater
Julia Kerr, Fort Scott
Hallie Wettstein, Hugoton
Carissa Miller, Salina
Jessica Bishop, Clay Center
Brandi Warren, Kansas City
Tyler Christian, Hutchinson
Hannah Kraxberger, Chanute

In addition to celebrating the kids’ summer reading success, the First Lady will present a $500 grant to Beck-Bookman Public Library in Holton on behalf of the Kansas Book Festival. The Beck-Bookman Public Library was randomly selected from the dozens of libraries that participated in the Read Kansas Read program.

For more information on the Read Kansas Read program, visit