Books to Inspire the Winter Park High School Class of 2014

2014ValedictoriansEach year, the Library hosts a luncheon for the valedictorians of Winter Park High School (yes, any one with a 4.0 GPA is a valedictorian there, so this year there were 11 and a salutatorian). During the program the students are presented with a book to inspire them or assist them as they move into their future lives and endeavors.We are frequently asked for a list of the books given. Here is the 2013 list. Use the comments section to tell us what you think.

Tanuj Badwal presented by WPPL Young Adult Librarian Lisa Blue – 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides) by Matthew Inman

Megan Barkdull presented by Trustee Jan Walker – China Today and Her Ancient Treasures by Joan Lebold Cohen

Patrick Burns presented by Trustee Joel Roberts – Sophie’s World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy by Jostein Gaarder and Just And Unjust Wars: A Moral Argument With Historical Illustrations by Michael Walzer

Danielle Flanagan presented by Trustee Rhonda Loft – Night by Elie Wiesel; The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man’s Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945 Wladyslaw by Szpilman; and The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 by Rick Atkinson

Robert “Bobby” Frantz presented by Trustee Gene Sullivan – An Amazon gift certificate to buy a book that will assist in his pursuit of a medical career

Theodore “Teddy” Jungreis presented by WPPL Executive Director Shawn Shaffer – Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Deborah Leedy presented by Ava Simms – Dancing Through It: My Journey in the Ballet by Jenifer Ringer and Paris: The Story of a Great City by Danielle Chadych and Dominique Leborgne

Allison Lindsey presented by Stacey Cox – The Blooding by Joseph Wambaugh and Everything I Need To Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book by Diane E. Muldrow

Jack Henry Reckmeyer presented by Helen Miller – Medical Terminology For Dummies by Beverley Henderson and Jennifer Lee Dorsey

Kathryn Sproles presented by Trish Gallagher – I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen; Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali; and Good Poems by Various and Garrison Keillor

Nhan Trieu presented by former Trustee Kenneth Murrah – The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Katheryn Thompson by Pam Brandon – Little Black Book of Paris by Neskow Vesna and Kerren Barbas Steckler; Pocket Rough Guide to Madrid by Simon Baskett; A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen

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