Archive for Wednesday, June 4, 2003

Spin Master’ the Yo-Yo king wows crowd at Basehor-Linwood High

June 4, 2003

"Spin Master" Brent Dellinger, the 2002 national Yo-Yo champion, wowed an auditorium filled with students Monday, June 2, at Basehor-Linwood High School.

Dellinger, 15, of Salina, Kan., provided a variety of Yo-Yo tricks Monday afternoon during a kickoff party for the Basehor Community Library summer reading program.

Approximately 170 people attended the show.

Vicki Long, summer reading program coordinator, said everyone came away impressed from Dellinger's display.

"They really liked him," Long said. "We had about 170 people there and everyone seemed to have fun."

Dellinger, who has toured to places such as Hawaii and Japan for shows, started participating in Yo-Yo contests when he was 12. He won the national championship in 2002 and received high marks in a similar contest in Japan.

The show was organized as a party beginning the summer reading program. The summer reading program sets reading goals for students during the summer months.

Students from ages 3 to 12 are eligible for the summer reading program and the program lasts eight weeks, June 2 to July 26. There is no cost to participate, librarians said.

Thus far, more than 300 students have signed up for the program.

Registration continues until mid-June and students can be signed up at the library.

Other entertainers will be brought in for presentation this year as well, Long said.

On Wednesday, June 11, David Nieves, a professional herpetologist, will present "Reptiles, Up Close and Personal," an educational seminar about the world of reptiles.

Five or six unusual reptiles from around the world are brought out during the program.

Nieves will also appear at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the Linwood Community Library, 302 Main .

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