February 11th, 2010
03:30 PM ET

10 Questions: What’s Next…in Education, according to a 14-year-old

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/10/art.zhuara.rivera.jpg caption="Zhuara Rivera, a 14-year-old student, reader and activist."]

David Puente
AC360° Producer

A cross between the AC360° series “What’s Next” and The Proust questionnaire, AC360° Producer David Puente asks newsmakers his own set of questions. If in the The Proust Questionnaire – named for the writer Marcel Proust who popularized it – the individual responding reveals his or her true nature, then in this questionnaire we’ll learn about the individual and about “what’s next” in the coming century.

Zhuara Rivera, teenage student, avid reader & activist

B. Dalton, the only bookstore in Laredo, Texas, offered a fairy tale world for 14-year-old Zhuara Rivera. She could get lost in all the stories on all those pages. But on January 16, Barnes & Noble, which owns B. Dalton, closed the bookstore. Now, Zhuara has to travel 150 miles to San Antonio to find a shop that sells books. So she and dozens of volunteers launched a grassroots organization called "Laredo Reads" collecting signatures to support a bookstore in Laredo. Zhuara has collected 2,500 signatures and counting. She says she won’t stop until a new bookstore opens in her city.

1. By 2050 will school buildings disappear because everyone will attend class on the internet?

I honestly hope that people realize again how important education is and attend school both ways.

2. Will their reading material be printed on paper?


3. Will a book store be in every American city?

There better be!!! If not I'll start a revolution!

4. What is your favorite occupation?

Writer, Artist, Scientist

5. What is your most treasured possession?

My books and journals OH and ART (pictures)

6. What is the trait you most admire in junior high school students?


7. What is the trait you most deplore in junior high school students?

Immaturity, lack of interest in education

8. Who are your favorite writers?

Suzanne Collins, Elizabeth Scott, Richelle Mead, JK Rowling, Stephanie Meyer, Darren Shan, and many more....

9. Who are your heroes in real life?

MY MOM!!! and scientist (Albert Einstein)

10. Who are your heroes in fiction?

Wonder Woman

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soundoff (One Response)
  1. Maria H-Miami

    I think it's time Gov. Perry gets involved, takes control, not leave it up to local officials who obviously are not paying attention to the needs of the local residents, he should do a huge expansion of the local library to include a shop or try to bring in Borders/Waldenbooks. As for the people of Laredo, it's time that on the next voting they vote for all new local officials, time to retire the current officials since they're not working out, time for change.

    February 11, 2010 at 10:50 am |