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Dallas ISD student gets surprise greeting from hero Wolf Blitzer

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Aiden Ross, an eighth grade student at George Bannerman Dealey International Academy received a headshot and note from his hero, Wolf Blitzer, Thursday after he won a district-wide essay contest. Dallas ISD

 Dallas ISD

Aiden Ross admits Wolf Blitzer might seem like an unlikely hero for a 14-year old. Most eighth graders have probably never even heard of the CNN anchor and host, he said.

But Aiden, a fan of both politics and news, watches Blitzer every day.

His admiration attracted some attention — as well as a surprise from the star himself — on Thursday.

Aiden, who attends Dallas ISD’s George Bannerman Dealey International Academy, recently won a district-wide contest for an essay about Blitzer.

The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy sponsored the competition, which is based on the book, The Hero Two Doors Down by Sharon Robinson. The book tells the true story of a boy’s friendship with his neighbor — and hero — baseball legend Jackie Robinson.

Dallas ISD students were asked to write about which hero they wished lived nearby.

Aiden wrote that he would love to watch the news, browse museums and discuss the current political climate with Blitzer. The journalist was born in Germany to two Holocaust survivors and raised in Buffalo, N.Y.

“Wolf Blitzer has dedicated his life to reporting the news, so that the common people can be informed,” Aiden wrote. “I think the way he has spent his life is very honorable, and I have immense respect for this. I also like Wolf’s personality, and traits, and though some have said he is humorless, I still love him. Wolf may be a strange hero, but I look up to him.”


Dallas ISD

Dallas ISD

Thursday morning, Aiden’s principal, Beverly Lusk, burst into his classroom with cameras rolling behind her. Lusk told Aiden she wasn’t the only one who thought he did a good job on the essay before handing him an envelope.

Aiden opened it to find a note and headshot from the hero himself.

“Obviously it’s going to be a moment and memory he never forgets,” Lusk said. “It’s probably going to raise his admiration for Wolf even more now to know he took time to do this for me.”

Asked what he would say to Blitzer, Aiden said: “Thank you for keeping me informed and everyone informed. It’s not the easiest job nowadays.”

Even though Aiden said he thinks what Blitzer does is awesome, he’s got something different in mind for his own future. He said he’d rather be someone the story is about than the storyteller.

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