Pro wrestling is tenth grader Tyler Marino’s favorite thing in the world. When his Roselle Park teacher and Roselle Park Education Association member, Jon Silberlight, heard about the Reading is the CURE—WWE Essay Contest sponsored by NJEA and CURE Arena who would give the contest winner seats and t-shirts to a WWE event, Silberlight knew he had to share the essay contest with Marino.
The winning entry had to feature a trait the student admired in a professional wrestler, why that trait was important, and what steps the student would take to improve that trait in themselves.
“Of all the character traits I mentioned above, the one I love the most is strength, not just physically but mentally,” Marino says in his winning essay. “Strength is an important part of life, not just in WWE. You need strength to do a lot of things and you have to use your mind. Always do better than yesterday; keep pushing yourself to do better and keep up with always have your dreams. For me, my dream would be to work for WWE one day. Overall being a wrestling fan is so much fun and I enjoy every aspect of it. Wrestling has definitely changed my life. So, always have the strength to chase your dreams, keep pushing yourself like Lacey Evens, work hard like Roman Reigns and believe in yourself.
After the committee read his essay, his passion and enthusiasm radiated from the page. It was then that the statement provided by his teacher, Mr. Silberlight, was read:
“Tyler is a very special young man,” says Silberlight. “And, he works extremely hard to be successful. His whole life revolves around WWE. He comes to school every day in a WWE t-shirt. I believe his love of WWE gave Tyler the courage he needed to take big steps in his life.
Tyler attended the WWE Saturday Night Main Event at the Cure Arena on May 7 and noted that it was one of the best wrestling events he had ever attended. “Tyler has overcome so many challenges over the past few years as an autistic child. To see him so happy and proud to have been chosen as the winner of the NJEA Essay Contest has meant a lot to me and his father,” said his mother, Alicia Marino.