Shawal Malik poses with contest goodies.

On September 1 at 10 a.m., 40 VIP guests and onlookers gathered to watch the six semi-finalists compete for the grand prize in the Top Trumps Championship. The championship was held on the 67th floor of The Top of The Rock Observation Deck in New York City.

This year’s winner, 11-year-old Shawal Malik, took home the prize package (valued at over $750), which included admission to the Top of The Rock Observation Deck for his entire class, 10 passes to The Bronx Zoo, Moshi Monster plush and collectibles, various Top Trumps games, and the Top Trumps Championship Trophy.

The Top Trumps competition was part of a six-week program in conjunction with the Queens and Brooklyn Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, held from July 12 to August 21. To qualify, children had to visit a participating branch of a Queens or Brooklyn Public Library to play rounds of Top Trumps. Participants were given scorecards and each time they won a round, the librarian would reward the player with a sticker on his or her scorecard. For every five games won, the child earned a prize, and if the child won 15 games by August 21 he or she won the right to enter the online tournament. The children then competed online to earn a spot as semi-finalists on the leader board.

“Once word got out that we are hosting a tournament, and that Top Trumps had supplied us with a whole range of cards on subjects ranging from Presidents to Predators and Star Wars, the kids lined up all the way to the door and down the stairs,” said Sarah Tilevitz, a librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library, Kensington Branch, in a press release. “The following day, they were still begging to sign up. The championship has also been a tremendous boom to our Summer Reading Program this summer.”

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