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2012 Writers Contest Winners

PBS Kids GO! Writers Contest

Open to students in kindergarten through fifth grade, stories were judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of illustrations. One first place and one honorable mention winner were chosen from each grade level.

Watch the 2012 WHRO Young Storytellers Awards Show
Angie Callahan interviews the 2012 winners about their stories:

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Here are the WHRO Young Storytellers for 2012!


Connor MercerFirst Place
Connor Mercer
"The Happy Turtles"
Achilles Elementary, Gloucester

Aidan HollandHonorable Mention
Aidan Holland
"The Cowboy & The Alien"
Achilles Elementary, Gloucester


Courtney BowenFirst Place
Courtney Bowen
"A Friend for A Fairy"
Ocean Lakes, Virginia Beach

Jocelyn LamprechtHonorable Mention
Jocelyn Lamprecht
"The Great Ocean Clean-Up"
Walsingham Academy, Williamsburg


Rashed KennedyFirst Place
Rashed Kennedy
"In the Woods"
Carrsville, Isle of Wight

Zoe LucasHonorable Mention
Zoe Lucas
"The Brave Pony"
Kitty Hawk Elementary, NC


Phillip PondFirst Place
Phillip Pond
"A Very Bad Decision"
Tidewater Academy, Wakefield

Abbie CarrollHonorable Mention
Abbie Carroll
"The Land of Food"
Tidewater Academy, Wakefield


Emma BustetterFirst Place
Emma Bustetter
"My New Sister"
Home Schooled, Virginia Beach

Kaitlynn ParkesHonorable Mention
Kaitlynn Parkes
"Spider the Very Special Pony"
Broadwater Academy, Exmore


Christina DowlingFirst Place
Christina Dowling
"The Puppy Adventure"
Park Place School, Norfolk

ShaKayla AlstonHonorable Mention
ShaKayla Alston
"My Genius"
Truitt Intermediate, Chesapeake

PBS Kids Go Writers ContestThe PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest is part of PBS KIDS Raising Readers and is funded in part by a Ready To Learn grant, in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The contents of these contest rules were developed under a grant, #PRU295B050003, from the Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.