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2021 PBS KIDS Reno Writers Contest Winners Announced

RENO, NV (June 1, 2021) – PBS Reno is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2021 PBS KIDS Reno Writers Contest. The station received 1,979 entries and after a diligent and careful process of review, a team of judges selected twelve talented local children and their original, illustrated stories. This year’s theme was Compassion.

The five school districts represented are Washoe, Carson City, Douglas, Elko, and Winnemucca. Nearly 50 individual entries were submitted to the PBS Reno website.

Grade

Place

Story Title

Author

School

 

K

1st

“The Little Crab with a Big Heart”

Elijah

North Star Online School

2nd

“I Love My Mommy”

Brockton

Diedrichsen Elementary

3rd

“I Made a  New Friend”

Brynne

Individual Entry

 

 

 

1

 

1st

“Duck and Goat”

Lincoln

Adventure Education Co-op

2nd

“The Rabbits in the Carrot Garden”

Griffin

Stead Elementary

3rd

“Compassion”

Chase

Minden Elementary

 

 

 

2

 

1st

“The Adventures of Bella and Polly”

Sienna

Caughlin Ranch Elementary

2nd

“The Gift of Life”

Anugya

Individual Entry

3rd

“Rumpy’s Adventure”

Asher

Brown Elementary

 

 

 

3

 

1st

“Kindness Changes the World”

Jonah

Individual Entry

2nd

“Compassion Through Senses”

Melissa

Lenz Elementary

3rd

“Gladys’ Book Gurus!”

Rylie

Hunsberger Elementary

“The Writers Contest is my favorite activity at PBS Reno,” said Nancy Maldonado, PBS Reno Vice President of Education. “I love reading 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 KIDS Reno Writers Contest so magical.”

The winning authors will be honored in a variety of exciting ways. 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 are currently on display at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport for visitors to enjoy. 

“We received such heartwarming stories this year,” said Joy Foremaster, PBS Reno Director of Education. “The young authors in our community were really able to relate to our theme of Compassion, and we definitely heard their voice come through in their writing. We are so proud of all the kids who participated. They made this year's contest one of the best ever!”

All 1,979 children who submitted a story will receive a special certificate of participation from PBS Reno.

About the PBS KIDS Reno Writers Contest

PBS KIDS Reno Writers Contest is produced by PBS 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, Renown Children’s Hospital, Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, Rotary Club of Reno, Rotary Club of Sparks, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Western Nevada Supply, City National Bank, the Nell J. Redfield Foundation, and Sara and Leonard Lafrance.

About PBS Reno

As of November 2020, PBS Reno is watched by more than 124,000 people and more than 85,000 households weekly in northern and central Nevada and northeastern California, with viewership on multicast channels Reno Create and PBS KIDS Reno. 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. PBSReno.org provides engaging interactive content, including the video portal at watch.PBSReno.orgthat streams all locally-produced content and most PBS national content. PBS Reno serves students, teachers, parents and caregivers through immersive educational services including Ready To Learn Workshops that bring classroom lessons to life. Through the support of local corporations and foundations, as well as individual members, PBS Reno has been delivering public television and educational services to the communities it serves since 1983.

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