On Wednesday, December 6, there was an event featuring John Cena, 16-time WWE world champion, at the Library of Congress.
Cena read The Story of Ferdinand, which is the basis of the movie he will be voicing on December 15, 2017. I will be sharing my experiences with everyone reading this.
We all sat in a big room and waited about 30 minutes until a woman who everyone said was like the “John Cena” of the library came out and welcomed Mr. Cena, so he sat down and read the story of Ferdinand the Bull to a bunch of kids, reporters, photographers, and other people. After the story he talked a little bit about the book and then answered questions. There were many questions like “What is your favorite sport?” (football) or “What was your favorite book as a child?” (“Cars, Trucks and Things That Go.” Why? “Because I like cars and trucks and things that go”) but one of the questions that was really good was “How do you connect with Ferdinand the Bull?” and the answer was “I’m different and so are all of you.”
Cena gave a lesson about being happy with who you are and not changing yourself. Cena came down off the stage after questions and winked at me and said “Nice sweatshirt” because I was wearing a John Cena “Never Give Up” sweatshirt. After the event Washingtonian photographer Evy Mages and I went over to a media room and asked John Cena some questions. The one I came up with was “What is your favorite thing to do in DC?” and he answered, “Well I haven’t had much free time but I really like the Library of Congress and I also like doing WWE matches here.” It was a really great event and everyone who went really enjoyed it.
Euan Beaujon is a student at Mount Vernon Community School in Alexandria.