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Young Writers Contest winners named

Statement issued Friday:

WFWA-DT PBS39, Fort Wayne has announced the regional winners of the 2011 PBS Kids GO! Young Writers Contest.

The young author/illustrators artists eligible for this annual contest competed by grade level -- Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade and Third Grade - at their local libraries or branch libraries or through their elementary school classrooms. The entries were then judged at those locations, and the top three in each category at each library or classroom were sent along to PBS39 for judging at the regional level.

In years past, the first place entries from regional competition would have been sent on to PBS and judged as part of a nationwide competition. Due to a lack of underwriting at the national level, regional competitions are now the end of the line for entrants in this contest for 2011; PBS has not announced if underwriting has been found to re-open this competition on a national basis, however as recent as April 2011, sources stated they would still support local stations willing to conduct this contest and competition in their home regions.

In the PBS39 region (northeast Indiana, northwest Ohio, parts of southern Michigan), estimates put children who participated in this year’s contest between 500 and 600 students total. 18 area libraries from northeast Indiana competed, as did classrooms from two schools. In addition, the PBS39 region’s contest was underwritten for 2011 through a grant from the Lincoln National Foundation.

On Thursday, May 19, the stories sent in to PBS39 were opened, read and judged. The prize-winning entries are as follows, listed by category, place, writer/illustrator, hometown, story title (in italics) and sponsoring library or school.

The 2011 Regional winners are:


First Place: Maggie Nussbaum, Berne, Indiana

“Bob The Frog”

South Adams Elementary School, Berne, Indiana

Second Place: Natalee Hochstetler, Wolf Lake, Indiana

“Mystery Of The Missing Family”

Peabody Public Library, Columbia City, Indiana

Third Place: Kayden Ptak, Huntertown, Indiana

“One Sunny Day”

Willowbrook Day School, Fort Wayne, Indiana

First Grade

First Place: Vivian O’Dell, Berne, Indiana

“Pinkie’s Easter Egg Hunt”

South Adams Elementary School, Berne, Indiana

Second Place: Raina Fleischer, Fort Wayne, Indiana

“The Big Blizzard”

Willowbrook Day School, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Third Place: Ella Neuenschwander, Berne, Indiana

“The Run Away Junior”

South Adams Elementary School, Berne, Indiana

Second Grade

First Place: Cameron Jagger, Columbia City, Indiana

“The First Adventure of Charlie Hassle”

Peabody Public Library, Columbia City, Indiana

Second Place: Gabrielle Laursen, Columbia City, Indiana

“The Lion And The Giraffe”

Peabody Public Library, Columbia City, Indiana

Third Place: Kellas Ide, Fort Wayne, Indiana

“Juda and King Lion”

Willowbrook Day School, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Third Grade

First Place: Audrey Hill, Columbia City, Indiana

“Leah’s Ride”

Peabody Public Library, Columbia City, Indiana

Second Place: Vivian Colpaert, Berne, Indiana

“Das Rot”

South Adams Elementary School, Berne, Indiana

Third Place: Hannah Rhoades, Geneva, Indiana

“Many, Many Monkies”

South Adams Elementary School, Berne, Indiana

Winners and their families have been invited to a special “Winners’ Celebration” to be held at PBS39 on Tuesday, May 31, 2011. There, they will be presented with a special certificate, prize package and have their photos taken to be included as part of an online & on-air presentation of their stories throughout the summer of 2011. In addition, the winning stories in each category will be readied for viewing on PBS39’s website — — within a week’s time.

PBS39 Fort Wayne has conducted this contest annually, from its early days as the “Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators Contest” to its current iteration as the “PBS Kids GO! Young Writers Contest” as part of its mission of extending the educational benefits of its children’s programming, literacy and learning efforts beyond the TV screen.

About PBS39:

WFWA PBS39 is the northeast Indiana region’s only locally owned and operated Television station and only public television resource. It broadcasts 24 hours each day across four digital UHF channels: PBS39HD/Channel 39-1 (also seen on Comcast Cable Channel 3 & 240) as well as Frontier FiOS Channels 3, 470 and 503HD); Kids39/Channel 39-2 (also seen on Comcast Digital 241, Frontier FiOS Channel 471), PBS39 CreateTV/Channel 39-3 (also seen on Comcast Digital 242, Frontier FiOS Channel 472), and 39-4you/Channel 39-4 (also seen on Comcast Digital 243, Frontier FiOS Channel 473). More information about PBS39 can be found online at our website:

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