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For Educators by Educators

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

2018 WHRO Young Storytellers Awards Show

Angie Callahan, WHRO's Director of Children's Services, interviews the winners of their 2018 writers contest. Over 400 students in grades K-5 submitted stories in two categories - general and environmental themed. Winners in each grade level in both the general contest and the environmental contest are featured. The environmental component was added this year as part of the Batten Environmental Education Initiative.

 


Regular Contest First Place Winners

KINDERGARTEN

Abagail Gaige
"Big Ant Destroys"
Achilles Elementary, Hayes

FIRST GRADE

Mahika Kapoor
"Wendy Waffle Goes to Breakfast School"
Cape Henry, Virginia Beach

SECOND GRADE

William Halton
"George's Adventure"
Hermitage Elementary, Virginia Beach

THIRD GRADE

Grayson Hinsch
"Plants v/s Cheese Balls - It's About Time"
Larchmont Elementary, Norfolk

FOURTH GRADE

Chelsea Espada
"The Kindness Tree"
Riverside Elementary, Newport News

FIFTH GRADE

Ryann Flournoy
"My One Chance"
Occohannock Elementary, Exmore

 

Environmental Story First Place Winners

KINDERGARTEN

McKinley Meeder
"The Rainbow Fossil"
Great Bridge Presbyterian, Chesapeake

FIRST GRADE

Elyza Julian
"A Scary Bird In The Jungle"
Portsmouth Catholic, Portsmouth

SECOND GRADE

Adam Putthoff
"Owl Learns To Recycle"
Portsmouth Catholic, Portsmouth

THIRD GRADE

Gabriella Chambers
"Alone In The Fire"
Larchmont Elementary, Norfolk

FOURTH GRADE: Two First Place Winners!

Karma Robinson
"Adventures of Jena + Darick...Frostbite And The Global Warmer"
Kiptopeke Elementary, Cape Charles

Eli Casey
"My Plan To Save The Earth"
Homeschooled, Norfolk

FIFTH GRADE

Victoria Luna
"Recycling"
Hermitage Elementary, Virginia Beach

PBS Kids Go Writers ContestThe PBS KIDS 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.