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Winners announced in AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest
Posted 01 May 2017
The Arkansas Educational Television Network has announced winners of the AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest. AETN received more than 150 entries from students across Arkansas for this year's contest, and all 12 winning stories can be viewed at aetn.org/writerscontest.
- Kindergarten – First place, Jayce Carter of Little Rock for 'Fish Friends'; second place Campbell Beazley of Little Rock for 'Grab the Moon'; and third place, Madeline Smeds of Little Rock for 'The Princess and the Bowling Ball.'
- First grade – First place, Hailey Shelton of Lonoke for 'The Lost Girl'; second place, Brooklyn Witherow of Little Rock for 'Two Friends are Better Than One'; and third place, Nadia Ali of Cabot for 'Mr. Snaggletooth and the Missing Orange Mystery.'
- Second grade – First place, Ashley Carter of Little Rock for 'Milo the Magnificent Dragon'; second place, Sophia LaPlant of Rogers for 'The Strange Chicken'; and third place, Allie Garrett of Austin for 'The Shade Cloud.'
- Third grade – First place, Ryker Schmidt of Bentonville for 'Never Happily Ever After'; second place, Jana Abdin of Little Rock for 'The Haunted Emerald Castle'; and third place, Lula Stephens of Vilonia for 'The Little Girl vs. the Big Crack.'
Entries were judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations. Winners received an AETN prize pack, and first place winners also received a PBS KIDS Playtime Pad.
The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of children's literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest partners with PBS stations nationwide and empowers children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity and build literacy by writing and illustrating their own stories.
The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is produced by PBS and based on the Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, a concept developed by WNED-TV, Buffalo.
The contest is designed to promote the advancement of children's reading skills through hands-on, active learning. AETN is pleased to congratulate the Arkansas winners and share PBS KIDS' commitment to opening up worlds of words for all young children across the state and the nation.
PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online, mobile and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including the PBS KIDS video player, now offering free streaming video accessible on computer and mobile-device-based browsers.
The Arkansas Educational Television Network is Arkansas's only statewide public media network, which enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers through the distinct channels AETN PBS, AETN Create, AETN PBS KIDS, AETN World and AETN AIRS on SAP. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at aetn.org. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro) and KETZ (El Dorado).