SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – Quinton Phipps is a kindergartener at Threadgill Elementary in Sheffield. His ambition to be a football player is the reason why he entered and won the Alabama’s Education Association’s Iron Bowl contest, themed “Be a Champion and Read.”
The contest motivates students to read several books.
“Each child had to read six books, age-appropriate books, to enter the contest. Then they had to choose what team the wanted to read for. They had to choose between Alabama or Auburn,” said Amy Marlowe, spokesperson for the Alabama Education Association.
If the students met the requirements, their name was entered in a drawing. The grand prize was two tickets to the Iron Bowl and a chance to visit the field before kickoff.
More than 74,000 students from 728 schools participated in the reading competition.
Phipps won for Auburn. He will be going to the Iron Bowl with his mom, dad and brother.