(WDEF) Monday WTCI-TV announced the local winners of the 2013 PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest
. The first place winners in grades K-3 will advance to the national contest. Hundreds of creative entries were received by local children and 16 winners were chosen for first place, second place, third place and honorable mention recognitions:
1st Place Kindergarten - Peter Samuel Santos
1st Place First Grade – Ashlyn Rock
1st Place Second Grade – Emilia Liedke
1st Place Third Grade – Trinity Henry
2nd Place Kindergarten – Samarth Mahapatra
2nd Place First Grade – Amirtha Vijayarankan
2nd Place Second Grade – Evelyn Carswell
2nd Place Third Grade – Autumn Larmee
3rd Place Kindergarten – Graylen Marie Scoggins
3rd Place First Grade – David Wakim
3rd Place Second Grade – Garrett Allsen
3rd Place Third Grade – Callie Anderson
Honorable Mention Kindergarten – Kaeden Arbuckle
Honorable Mention First Grade – Kyla Curry
Honorable Mention Second Grade – Anne Giannamore
Honorable Mention Third Grade – Emmy Moyen
“It was inspiring to read through the entries and see the enthusiasm and talent the children in our community have for writing and storytelling,” said Debbie Thompson, WTCI’s Director of Education and Community Engagement. “We are proud to offer the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest as a fun and engaging way for Tennessee Valley children to express their creativity while building key literacy skills. This year we had finalists from Chattanooga, Knoxville, Atlanta and Nashville. It was very exciting.”
Families, teachers, principals and guests were on hand at WTCI-TV when local winners were announced. Participants were celebrated with trophies, gift bags, certificates, activities and a festive party. Local author Hollie Stockman and illustrator Johnny Stockman were on hand to sign copies of “Leon the Lizard” for the young writers.
The annual PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest is a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The Contest is made possible in part by financial support from Easy Student Publishing, Blood Assurance, Coca-Cola, Comcast, Hamico, Lawson Electric, Liberty Mutual, McCallie, McKay’s Used Books and CD’s, Power Solutions, Promise Pediatrics, Silverdale Baptist Academy and St. Nicholas School.
The first place winners will advance to the national contest and a panel of esteemed judges, including Lisa Henson, Jeff Kinney and R.L. Stine will rank the top 12 finalists. National winners will be announced during the summer of 2013 and the winning stories will be featured on pbskids.org/writerscontest. National winners receive prizes, including tablets, e-readers and MP3 players. A local winner, Hannah Grace Hammontree, won the national prize for Kindergarten students during last year’s contest. Enjoy her story online at http://www.wtcitv.org/education/local-winners-for-2012-pbs-kids-go-writers-contest/.