Thursday, May 9, 2013

PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest Announces Local Winners

May 4, 2013                                                                                      
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-- 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 other winners from across the country. WQED was one of 12 public television stations across the country that participated in this year’s contest.  WQED partnered locally with Penn State Public Broadcasting (WPSU) which serves central Pennsylvania and West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB) which serves West Virginia statewide.

For the first time this year WQED introduced an online voting portal and invited the public to view and listen to finalists read their stories aloud and choose the Kid’s Choice Award. The winner of the 2013 Kid’s Choice Award was If I Ran the Circus by Griffin Snowberger of Martinsburg, PA with 816 votes. All of the winners’ stories may be viewed and heard at

WQED Headquarters in Oakland

All finalists were invited to WQED’s Fred Rogers Studio in Oakland May 4 to celebrate their efforts. Twenty-two 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention winners had the opportunity to see their stories turned into a puppet play called “Recipe For A Clue” created and performed by Pittsburgh Puppet Works and could even get their face painted. Children in Kindergarten, grades 1, 2 and 3 submitted over 1,600 stories this year.

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: Vic the Chick by Caitlin Joyce of Pittsburgh, PA
Second Place: Shiney Dolphin and Cutey Cat Play All Day by Savana Libecco of Rimbersburg, PA
Third Place: Brave Animals on the Farm by Rakshitha Murugan of Oakdale, PA

Honorable Mentions
Too Fancy, Miss Mouse! by Chloe McGee of Mt. Lebanon, PA
Princess Lila’s Adventure by Ava Zalewski of Latrobe, PA

First Place: Little Possom’s Big Adventure by Cricket Branstrom of Russell, PA
Second Place: The Adventures of Me and My Dog Gizmo by Sophia Klonowski of Grove City, PA
Third Place: Mr. Meask, Beak, and the Little Bird by Ava Pacheco of Pittsburgh, PA

Honorable Mentions
The Three Shark Detectives and the Missing Clownfish by Alexander Smaroff of Bethel Park, PA
If I Ran the Circus by Griffin Snowberger of Martinsburg, PA
Dan’s Exciting Night by Tharun Sunthar of Wexford, PA

First Place: Willie and Hannah by Haruka Doi of Pittsburgh, PA
Second Place: A Snake Tale by Liam Ellis of Sewickley, PA
Third Place:  The Lonely Tractor by Alyssa Hunt of Somerset, PA

Honorable Mentions
Jamaica by Mia Lynch of Pittsburgh, PA
Planet Gumdrop by Jack Sabo of Bridgeville, PA
Scooter’s Dig Through Time by Rebecca Walter of Carnegie, PA

First Place: BFF’s Forever by Marlana Howard of Pittsburgh, PA
Second Place: The Soccer Sleuth and the Missing Playbook by Keller Dorgan of Edgewood, PA
Third Place: Bloggermouth 360 by Kaylie Heming of Johnstown, PA

Honorable Mentions
The Case of the Missing Peacocks by Isabella Penrose of North Huntington, PA
Nita Lite’s Crash by Lizzy Sultz of Uniontown, PA
Little Red Agent Hood by Cayden Wright of Roaring Spring, PA

About WQED Pittsburgh
WQED Pittsburgh has a proud history of honors, including 134 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. 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; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive ( and iQ: smartmedia, WQED’s Educational initiative (

About EQT Corporation
EQT Corporation is an integrated energy company with emphasis on Appalachian area natural gas production, gathering, transmission, and distribution. EQT is the general partner and majority equity owner of EQT Midstream Partners, LP.  With more than 120 years of experience, EQT continues to be a leader in the use of advanced horizontal drilling technology – designed to minimize the potential impact of drilling-related activities and reduce the overall environmental footprint. 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. Visit EQT Corporation at

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, 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 provides engaging interactive content, including the PBS KIDS video player, now offering free streaming video accessible on computer- and mobile-device-based browsers. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

About Easy Student Publishing
Meet writing standards and motivate students using book-making tools and resources from Easy Student Publishing.  With Classbook and Storybook options, free programs, online or mail-in production and expert resources, we have publishing solutions designed for educators.  Enhance curriculum, support literacy and promote creativity.  Every student can be a published author!

About Highlights for Children, Inc. (
Devoted to "Fun with a Purpose," family media brand Highlights for Children, Inc. has helped children become their best selves for generations. Its flagship publication, Highlights magazine, the most recognizable and widely read children's magazine in the nation, has printed more than a billion copies. Other Highlights offerings include a version for younger children, High Five magazine; a new magazine for babies and their caregivers, Highlights Hello magazine; Highlights for Children book clubs; and mobile applications like My First Hidden Pictures. Highlights can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and at its blog for thoughtful parents, Highlights Aha. Corporate offices are in Columbus, Ohio, and editorial offices are in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Fun with a Purpose, Goofus and Gallant, and Hidden Pictures are trademarks of Highlights for Children, Inc.

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