Shorebirds Celebrate Hit the Books Bookmark Contest Winner

Carley Topper of Selbyville Middle School Honored for her Design

(David Maull- Indian River School District)

By Delmarva Shorebirds | January 18, 2017 2:26 PM ET

SALISBURY, Md. -- The Delmarva Shorebirds, Class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, along with Dr. James M. Crouse at The Brace Place, presenting sponsor of the Hit the Books program, honored Carley Topper of Selbyville Middle School for winning the 2017 Hit the Books Bookmark Design Contest.

Her winning design was featured on bookmarks that were distributed to over 50,000 students at 100 area schools that participate in the Hit the Books program.

Hit the Books encourages elementary and middle school students on the Delmarva Peninsula to read outside of their regular classroom assignments. Students that complete their reading goals receive two free ticket vouchers to a Shorebirds home game during the 2017 season.

Topper's winning design features a Shorebirds player at bat while an opposing player pitches the ball. In the outfield, Sherman joins a great crowd for the game. It also shows the Dr. James M. Crouse at The Brace Place logo in the background. For her efforts, she was rewarded with a surprise visit at school from Sherman and representatives from the Delmarva Shorebirds and The Brace Place on Tuesday, January 17. She will also get the opportunity to throw out a first pitch before her school's Hit the Books date at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium this spring.

"Her design was absolutely fantastic. Carley showed just how much fun baseball is, all in one picture," Kathy Damato, Shorebirds Community Relations Manager, said. "We look forward to rewarding all the kids who go through with the program with a great time at a Shorebirds game this spring."

The initiative, which is one of the biggest and longest-running reading programs in the region, officially kicked off on Tuesday, Jan. 17 and will run through Feb. 24.

"Reading books is a great pastime of mine and it is extremely important for young people to recognize the importance of reading," Dr. James M. Crouse said. "Our partnership with the Shorebirds Hit the Books program is a perfect fit for us at The Brace Place."

Participating schools will be notified in March about their game date at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in 2017, and students will be honored as part of a pregame parade around the field. For more information, contact the Delmarva
Shorebirds at 410-219-3112.

Season ticket and group outing packages are currently on sale for the 2017 season. The Shorebirds offer full season tickets, half season tickets, a 22-game plan and a 12-game plan along with a number of opportunities for groups to enjoy a night out at the ballpark. To secure your seat(s), call 410-219-3112.

Delmarva Shorebirds

The Delmarva Shorebirds are the Class "A" Affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The Shorebirds are owned by
7th Inning Stretch, LLC, the same company that owns the Stockton Ports of the California League and the Everett AquaSox of the Northwest League.

The Shorebirds celebrated their 20th season in 2015, and have entertained nearly five million fans since beginning play at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Md. in 1996. The team has captured South Atlantic League titles in 1997 and 2000 while successfully hosting the South Atlantic League All-Star Game in 1999 and 2011.

For more information on the Shorebirds, call 410-219-3112 or visit

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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