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2013 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 2013 WHRO Young Storytellers Awards Show
Angie Callahan interviews the 2013 winners about their stories:

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Here are the WHRO Young Storytellers for 2013:


First Place
Makayla Burmeister
"The Talking Flower and Alex"
Achilles Elementary, Gloucester

Honorable Mention
Layne Byerle
"Princess Juliet Meets Prince Romeo"
Achilles Elementary, Gloucester


First Place
Varun Kudva
"The Man and the Island"
Hampton Roads International Montessori, Newport News

Honorable Mention
Devin Smigiel
"Pups in Paris"
Ocean View Elementary, Norfolk


First Place
Nolawit Abebe
"A Different Life"
Rosemont Elementary, Virginia Beach

Honorable Mention
Jayvon Wilson
"Metal Man Versus Megatron"
Tanners Creek Elementary, Norfolk


First Place
Stephanie Chambers
"A Filly's Tale"
Larchmont Elementary, Norfolk

Honorable Mention
Ethan Prince
"It is OK to Be Second"
Fairfield Elementary, Virginia Beach


First Place
Phillip Pond
"Bubba the Hero"
Tidewater Academy, Wakefield

Honorable Mention
Nick Cunningham
"RP Pickle and the Lost Pickles"
Ocean Lakes Elementary, VA


First Place
Emma Bustetter
"My Special Brother"
Home Schooled, Virginia Beach

Honorable Mention
Reagan Ballance
"Hooch the Very Special Dog"
Broadwater Academy, Exmore

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.