Friday, May 18, 2012

PBS Kids Writer's Contest Winners Named

May 16, 2012

George Hazimanolis


-- Local First Place Winners will Enter National Contest to be Judged This Summer --

PITTSBURGH – WQED Pittsburgh is proud to announce local winners for the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest sponsored by EQT Corporation. All first place winners will be entered into the national PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, where they will compete against area winners from across the county. The contest, presented locally by WQED Pittsburgh, and sponsored locally by EQT Corporation with national funding support from, encourages children in grades K-3 in WQED’s viewing area of western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and northern West Virginia and Maryland and in communities across the country to celebrate the power of language and creativity by creating and submitting original stories and illustrations.

WQED was one of sixty-three (63) public television stations across the country that participated in this year’s contest.

This year WQED invited 95 finalists to its WQED Studios in Oakland for a celebration to recognize the creative and effort each child put forth. Nineteen 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention winners had the opportunity to see their stories turned into a puppet play.  Pittsburgh Puppetworks wrote and performed “Jewel’s Treasure”, a story encapsulating the common threads of student’s entries. The play will be performed several more times throughout the summer, including on June 2nd and 3rd at the Three Rivers Arts Festival and June 10th at the Summer Reading Extravaganza.

The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest is produced annually by PBS KIDS and managed and created by WNED-TV Buffalo/Toronto, and is a part of PBS KIDS Raising Readers, a national initiative
that uses the power of public media to build the reading skills of children ages two to eight.  More information on PBS KIDS Raising Readers and the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest can be found at

First Place: Abby the Talking Giraffe by Ella Black of North Huntingdon, PA Second Place: Geoff Giraffe’s Big Trip by Rylie Grimm of Lancaster, PA Third Place: Butterfly Friend by Caroline Troll of Somerset, PA

Honorable Mentions
Most Original: The Princesses Made the Rainbow by Aliah Kristine Boso of Easter Liverpool, OH
Best Illustration: Mr. Tree’s Story by Connor Smith of Pittsburgh, PA

First Place: Two Mermaids and The Lost Baby Orca Whale by Abigail Gourdie of Gibsonia, PA
Second Place: Freddy Finds a Friend by Jacqueline Chalifoux of Wexford, PA
Third Place: Tara the Tiger and Blacky the Panther Find the Golden Triceratops Bone by Rebecca
Walter of Carnegie, PA

Honorable Mentions
Most Original:  If Kids Ran the World by Gabriella Dugan of Carnegie, PA
Best Non-Fiction: Getting Diabetes by Grace Kindel of Sligo, PA

First Place: Dino Dudes: A Comic Book by Mackenna Roberts of Squirrel Hill, PA
Second Place: Paris by Malana Howard of Beechview, PA
Third Place:  Tid’s Butterfly Dream by Kathryn Bodnar of Brookline, PA

Honorable Mentions
Best Artwork: Monster Hall by Owen Kagle of Bridgeville, PA
Most Heartfelt: The Life of Addison by Emma Sinnamond of North Apollo, PA (Apollo-Ridge

First Place: The Mystery of the Attic Intruder by Daniel Trimble of Brookline, PA
Second Place: Piggie and Birdie by Madi Morgan of McMurray, PA
Third Place: Hermie’s Adventure by Sean Sopko of Orwigsburg, PA

Honorable Mentions
Most 3-Dimensional: A Day to Remember: A True Story by Angeline Chalifoux of Wexford, PA
Best use of Recyclables: A Plan to Clean by Bella Cheberenchick of Cokesburg, PA

About EQT Corporation
EQT Corporation is an integrated energy company with emphasis on Appalachian area natural gas production, gathering, transmission, and distribution. With more than 120 years of experience, EQT
is a technology-driven leader in the integration of air and horizontal drilling. Through safe and
responsible operations, the Company is committed to meeting the country’s growing demand for clean-burning energy, while continuing to provide a rewarding workplace and enrich the
communities where its employees live and work. Company shares are traded on the New York
Stock Exchange as EQT.

About WQED Pittsburgh
WQED Pittsburgh has a proud history of honors, including 128 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including two Emmy® Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities.  It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM
89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive ( and The WQED Education Department.

About Penn State Public Broadcasting
Penn State Public Broadcasting serves central Pennsylvania with programming, educational services and community outreach. Its public media services produce, acquire and distribute programs that address local interests and reflect the diverse cultural, political, geographic and demographic characteristics of an audience within central Pennsylvania.

About West Virginia Public Broadcasting
West Virginia Public Broadcasting nurtures personal growth, promotes civic responsibility and inspires lifelong discovery through high-quality programming and services. West Virginia Public Radio, West Virginia PBS, and Ready To Learn® are all services of West Virginia
Public Broadcasting.

The Friends of West Virginia Public Broadcasting is a 501(c) 3 organization responsible for receiving donated funds from individuals for annual membership to West Virginia Public Broadcasting. Friends serve as ambassadors in their communities on behalf of West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

All of the licenses for West Virginia Public Broadcasting are held by the West Virginia Educational Broadcasting Authority, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, Kay Goodwin, Secretary.

About Saturday Light Brigade
SLB Radio Productions, Inc. (SLB) uses radio and audio to encourage, amplify, share and archive the ideas, stories, and feelings of children, youth and families. SLB believes in radio and audio because these technologies enable a sense of intimacy, engagement and self-directed
imagination that is often lacking in other media, while also promoting opportunities for privacy (given
that children need not be photographed), equal access (audio has fewer barriers for participation than other media), and sharpening of important life skills (i.e., speaking and listening, imagination, creative expression, and critical thinking, respect for others, confidence and cooperation, and technical curiosity).

PBS KIDS GO! offers early elementary children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online and community-based programs.  For more information on specific
PBS KIDS GO! content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit, join
our community online on Twitter and Facebook, or visit

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