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Verbatim: Area PBS KIDS GO! winners announced

Statement issued Monday:

The regional winners of the 2010 PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest have been announced.

The PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest is a continuation of a tradition begun by the Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators contest held at the local, regional and national level before its last run in 2009 with the cancellation of the show that began it, Reading Rainbow.

The winners are, listed by grade, place, story title, name, and hometown are:


FIRST PLACE: Princess Petunia hates Peas, by Lydia Gerardot, Markle, IN

Second place: The Vacation, Samuel Ellerbrock, Leipsic, OH

Third place: My Big Dream, Keirsten Stalling, Churubusco, IN

First Grade

FIRST PLACE: Don’t Look At Me, Braydon Gilbert, Berne, IN

Second place: The Littlest Ear, Dillon Sheiss, Larwill, IN

Third Place: I Wish I had Dragon Wings, Ezequiel Guzman, Fort Wayne, IN

Second Grade

FIRST PLACE: A Birthday Surprise, Ryan Rednour, Fort Wayne, IN

Second place: The Spooky Woods, Carrie Runyon, Huntington, IN

Third Place: Braden Baumer, Berne, IN

Third Grade

FIRST PLACE: The Girl With The Colored Teeth, Molly Ellenberger, Decatur, IN

Second place: Penny & Me, Courtney Fox, Berne, IN

Third Place:Undercover Pets, Sam Walsh, Berne, IN

Overall, over 860 children participated in the PBS KidsGo! Writers Contest in northeast Indiana, northwest Ohio and parts of southern Michigan. Participants were encouraged to enter this contest at their local public library, or, if a teacher chose to use this as a class project, through their local school or classroom. Stories at each grade level were judged locally, then the top stories at each library/classroom were sent on to PBS39 for regional judging.

From this point forward, each of the first-place stories from PBS39’s region have been sent to the contest headquarters where they will be judged from other entries and other contest held across America. The final judging of the stories at the national level will take place in June, with the winners to be announced at that time.

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