Twelve little writers will make their television debut as they read their winning PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest stories on air this week.
Lincoln Elementary School first-grader Connor M. Grenier took home third place in the region, which includes St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Lewis counties, and southern Canada, for his short story, The Very Lonely Tooth.
I worked very hard and it took a lot of effort, the six year-old said.
Videos of the writers reading their stories will be shown during childrens programming hours on WPBS – Channels 8 and 16.1 locally – until Oct. 26.
It was a lot of fun to be on TV, Connor said.
The winners were chosen from over 90 local entrants. The stories were judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustration.
First place winners from the region will automatically enter the national competition. Connor, Ogdensburg, said he hopes to take first place next year with a story he is currently working on called The Tree with Legs.
The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest is a national competition designed to promote the advancement of childrens reading skills.
Other north country winners include:
First Place: How to Catch a Leprechaun by Aiden Pominville, Brantingham.
Second Place: The Molly Story by Iris Taylor, Lorraine.
Third Place: The Very Lonely Tooth by Connor Grenier, Ogdensburg.
First Place: My Sledding Accident by Jorlan Rumfelt, Watertown.
Second Place: The Lost Bunny by Kathryn Roginski, Watertown.
Third Place: My Sister, Lucie by Lillie Andre, Watertown
First Place: The Smart Leprechaun by Lillian Kimball, Watertown.
Second Place: The Kangaroo That Played Soccer by Cody Meinzer, Watertown.
Third Place: The Crocodile That Couldnt Swim by Bryn Murphy, Watertown.
First Place: Hockey Town by Cooper Bennett, Hammond.
Second Place: A Barbie Camping Trip by Abigail Bresett, Hammond.
Third Place: The King Race by Kennon Gardner, Hammond.
The effort encourages children in grades K-3 in our area and communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original stories and illustrations. The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest is produced by PBS KIDS and managed by WNED-TV with corporate funding from Easy Student Publishing and promotional support from Highlights for Children.
The annual Contest encourages children grades Kindergarten through Third Grade to use their imaginations and apply their writing and artistic talents by creating original storybooks. The stories and illustrations these children created not only impressed our judges, they showed the potential these children possess as future writers. Contest entries are first judged at the local level, with local winners advancing to the national competition.
For more information on the winners, visit http://www.wpbstv.org/cms-diaplay/writers_contest.html.