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Winners Announced in 2020 PBS KIDS Reno Writers Contest

RENO, NV (JUNE 1, 2020) – PBS Reno is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2020 PBS KIDS Reno Writers Contest. The station received a record-number 2,687 entries and after a diligent and careful process of review, a team of judges selected twelve talented children for their illustrated stories. This year’s theme was curious.

There are first, second and third place winners in Kindergarten through 3rd grade. The seven school districts represented are Washoe, Tahoe-Truckee Unified, Douglas, Lyon, Carson City, Elko, and Winnemucca. Several individual entries were submitted to the PBS Reno website.



Story Title





Discover the Ocean




I Wonder


Alyce Taylor


Sea Otters Curiosity


Nancy Gomes



The Happy Apple Seed


Individual Entry


The Day in the Life as an Elephant




Curious About Life


Spanish Springs



The Great Attack of the Shoe


Caughlin Ranch


Why Fireflies Glow


Alyce Taylor


How Do People Build Famous Buildings?





The Curious Arctic Adventure




My Curiosity about Black Holes


Nancy Gomes


Camping in Montana


Spring Creek

PBS Reno also awarded four schools with Best Class awards, one winner in each grade. The Best Class award recognizes a teacher who went above and beyond with students in creating submissions for the Writers Contest. The Best Class winners are Mrs. Dorman’s kindergarten class at Spanish Springs Elementary in Sparks, Mrs. Edwards’ first grade class at Lake Tahoe School in Incline, Mrs. Reid’s second grade class at Truckee Elementary, and Mrs. Lepe’s third grade class at Lenz Elementary in Reno.

“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 Reno Writers Contest so magical.”

The winning authors will be honored in a variety of exciting ways! First, they will have their stories published into hardcover books. The authors will also be featured on PBS Reno reading a portion of their stories, which have been posted to A celebration for the winners is tentatively scheduled to take place in September at Reno-Tahoe International Airport, where their stories will be on display for passengers and visitors to enjoy.

“We are incredibly proud of our 2020 winners,” said Joy Foremaster, PBS Reno Director of Education. “Every year we are blown away by the caliber of stories we receive and this year was no different. These young authors have amazing talent and imagination, and there are so many wonderful young authors in our community. We would like to thank all the parents and teachers who encouraged their children to enter our contest and share their gift with us.”

All 2,687 children who submitted a story will receive a special certificate of participation from PBS Reno.

About 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 International Airport, Reno Rotary, Reno Centennial Sunset Rotary, Reno Central Rotary, Reno South Rotary, Sparks Rotary, Washoe County Honorary Deputy Sheriff’s Association, City National Bank, Nell J. Redfield Foundation, Estelle J. Kelsey Foundation, The Lafrance Family Foundation, Arthur and Joanne Hall, Abraham and Sonia Rochlin Foundation and an Anonymous Donor.

PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers children ages 2-8 the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital media and community-based programs. PBS KIDS and local stations across the country support the entire ecosystem in which children learn, including their teachers, parents and community. Provided by stations, including PBS Reno, the free PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream is available to more than 95% of U.S. TV households. Kidscreen- and Webby Award-winning provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video. PBS KIDS offers mobile apps to help support young children’s learning, including the PBS KIDS Video app, which is available on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Chromecast. PBS KIDS also offers parent and teacher resources to support children’s learning anytime and anywhere. For more information on PBS KIDS content and initiatives supporting school readiness and more, visit, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

About PBS Reno

As of January 2020, PBS Reno is watched by more than 122,000 people and more than 79,000 households weekly in northern and central Nevada and northeastern California, with additional 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. provides engaging interactive content, including the video portal that 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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