MOLINE, IL -- WQPT received more than 400 stories from students in kindergarten through third grade for the annual PBS Kids Go Writers Contest. Sixteen winners (four from each grade) were selected by educators and contest sponsors. The winners and their families will be honored and awarded prizes at Deere-Wiman House at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19.
"We received a record number of stories this year. We are thrilled that so many teachers and parents encouraged their young authors and illustrators to participate," said Ana Kehoe, WQPT's educational outreach director.
First Place: Rylan Edwards, Ekstrand Elementary, DeWitt, IA
Second Place: Ellie Curnyn, Jane Addams Elementary, Moline, IL
Third Place: Sophia Foad, Cody Elementary School, LeClaire, IA
Honorable Mention: Oliver Borders, Longfellow Liberal Arts, Rock Island, IL
First Place: Georgia Brunkan, Ed White Elementary, Eldridge, IA
Second Place: Xion Owens-Holst, McKinley Elementary, Davenport, IA
Third Place: Gianna Schwartz, Paul Norton School, Bettendorf, IA
Honorable Mention: Nate Stanger, Garfield School, Davenport, IA
First Place: Paul Schwartz, Paul Norton School, Bettendorf, IA
Second Place: Isabella Jones, Rivermont Collegiate, Bettendorf, IA
Third Place: Nikhil Ramaraju, Riverdale Heights Elementary, Bettendorf, IA
Honorable Mention: Jena Edwards, Ekstrand Elementary, DeWitt, IA
First Place: Dalton Morrow, Harrison Elementary, Davenport, IA
Second Place: Alana Kruse, Morning Star Academy, Bettendorf, IA
Third Place: Eden Swails, Riverdale Elementary, Port Byron, IL
Honorable Mention: Calla Brunkan, Ed White Elementary, Eldridge, IA
All the entries will be returned, along with a certificate from PBS. Stories will be displayed at the Butterworth Center from May 19-30; the Family Museum from June 3-16; and Figge Art Museum from June 18-30.
The contest is supported by WQPT-Quad Cities PBS, the Butterworth Center, Deere-Wiman House, Family Museum in Bettendorf, Figge Art Museum and the Midwest Writing Center.
WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University - Quad Cities located in Moline, Illinois.