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PBS Reno Announces 2022 Writers Contest Winners 


RENO, NV (June 2, 2022) — PBS Reno is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2022 PBS Reno Writers Contest. The annual PBS Reno Writers Contest, which is part of PBS Reno Curiosity Classroom, invites local students in kindergarten through third grade to write, illustrate, and submit their own stories. PBS Reno received 2,299 entries this year and after a diligent and careful process of review, a team of judges selected twelve talented local children as the winners. This year’s theme was Investigate.

This year, 125 teachers submitted entries from 46 different schools, representing six northern Nevada school districts: Washoe, Carson City, Douglas, Elko, Lyon, and Humboldt. Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District was also represented, along with 22 individual entries that were submitted through the PBS Reno website.

GradePlaceStory TitleAuthorSchool



1st“Ballet”ClaireBrookfield School
2nd“Bolt’s Adventures”DrewOur Lady of the Snows
3rd“Harriet Tubman”EmeryPoulakidas Elementary




1st“Ruby Bridges”MackinleySpanish Springs Elementary 

“Are You Ready to go

Investigate Italy?”

SophiaMinden Elementary 
3rd“Ocean Animals are Very Cool”Elliot Smithridge STEM Academy




1st“Lunar Living”ClaireDoral Academy
2nd“Harriet Tubman”OliviaBohach Elementary
3rd“A Flying Cloud”FaithCoral Academy of Science




1st“Toucan Investigates Deforestation”ArikaIndividual Entry
2nd“Silver State Endangered Species”MollyWestergard Elementary
3rd“Machu Picchu”AddilynnSpanish Springs Elementary


“The Writers Contest is my favorite activity at PBS Reno,” said Nancy Maldonado, PBS Reno Vice President of Education. “I love seeing the clever, creative writing from so many young authors. Our judges for the contest love reading the stories from the talented young writers in our community. I want to say a special ‘thank you’ to all of the teachers and parents who help make the PBS Reno Curiosity Classroom Writers Contest happen. Writing opens the door to a world of possibilities.”

The winning authors will be honored in a variety of exciting ways! First, their stories will be published into hardcover books, and will also be featured on PBS Reno on the air and on the station’s website. In addition, the winners’ stories will be on display at United Federal Credit Union locations across northern Nevada.

“This year's theme of "investigate" was so fun,” said Joy Foremaster, PBS Reno Director of Education. “The children wrote about amazing topics that they were able to investigate and learn about. The quality of writing that was submitted this year was wonderful. The young authors in our community are phenomenal and every year they blow us away with their creativity, expression, and voice.”

All 2,299 children who submitted a story will receive a special certificate of participation from PBS Reno.


About PBS Reno Curiosity Classroom Writers Contest

The PBS Reno Curiosity Classroom Writers Contest is produced by PBS Reno and is based on the Reading Rainbow® Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, a concept developed by WNED-TV, Buffalo. The contest is sponsored in part locally by Audi Reno Tahoe, City National Bank, Renown Health, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Western Nevada Supply, United Federal Credit Union, Nell J. Redfield Foundation, Margaret and Charles Burback, and Sara and Leonard Lafrance.

About PBS Reno Curiosity Classroom

PBS Reno Curiosity Classroom uses on air, online, and print resources to help parents, caregivers and childhood educators prepare children for success. Locally, PBS Reno is bringing these resources to communities in northern Nevada and northeastern California through PBS Reno Curiosity Classroom workshops.  PBS Reno Curiosity Classroom workshops are based on the standards and mission of the PBS Ready To Learn initiative. PBS Reno offers free CuriosityClassroom workshops specifically developed for Pre-K through 4th grade students for educators and community educational organizations. An engaging video clip, a read-aloud, and fun hands-on activities are integrated into each workshop. Lessons are aligned to the Common Core Standards, Next Generation Science Standards and Nevada Academic Content Standards. All materials are supplied and a trained facilitator will lead the 45 to 60-minute workshop. An assessment of our Ready To Learn service (conducted in conjunction with the University of Nevada, Reno) indicates there is significant value in spending time in our workshops as they maximize greater learning outcomes through novelty instruction. Learn more here.

About PBS Reno

As of February 2022, PBS Reno Channel 5.1 is watched weekly by more than 113,000 people in approximately 62,000 households in northern and central Nevada and northeastern California, with viewership on multicast channels Reno Create 5.2 and PBS KIDS Reno 5.3. PBS Reno channels are also available on cable, satellite services, and via livestream on YouTube TV. PBS Reno provides PBS national programming and award-winning, locally-produced content. provides engaging interactive content, including the video portal at that streams all locally-produced content and most PBS national content. PBS Reno serves students, teachers, parents and caregivers through immersive educational services including Curiosity Classroom Workshops that bring classroom lessons to life with standards-based lessons and activities. Through the support of local corporations and foundations, as well as thousands of individual members, PBS Reno has been delivering public television and educational services to the communities it serves since 1983.

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