MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT is excited to announce the winners of the 16th Annual PBS Kids Go Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, formerly known as the Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest. 357 local children entered the contest and WQPT and judges from our sponsoring organizations chose the sixteen local winners (first, second, third and honorable mention) from kindergarten through third grade. The winners will be honored and awarded prizes at Deere-Wiman House on Sunday, May 16 at 3:00 pm. First place winners will compete for prizes in the national PBS Kids Go competition. The winners will be announced in July. Last year Jayda Brunkan from Eldridge was a national first place winner for First Grade.
"The contest was particularly competitive this year. There were many, many stories that we creative, poetic or funny. It was difficult for the judges to pick their favorites," said WQPT Education Outreach Director, Ana Kehoe. Children could write fact or fiction and had to provide at least five illustrations to go along with their story.
Sponsors for the contest were Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House, Family Museum, Figge Art Museum and WQPT, Quad Cities PBS. Winning stories will be on display May 16 - 28 at the Butterworth Center in Moline, Illinois, June 2 to 15 at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa and June 17 to 30 at the Family Museum in Bettendorf, Iowa.
WQPT is a broadcast service of Western Illinois University - Quad Cities located in Moline, Illinois.
PBS KIDS GO YOUNG WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS WINNERS 2010
Annabella Wooten, Winola Elementary, Viola, IL
Logan Thurman, Winola Elementary, Viola, IL
Riley Packer, Erie Elementary, Erie, IL
Olivia Switzer, Winola Elementary, Viola, IL
Kyle Skinner, Alan Shepard Elementary, Long Grove, IA
Alexander Xiao, Rivermont Collegiate, Bettendorf, IA
Victoria DeClercq, Home-schooled, Moline, IL
Baylor Verbrugge, Edward White Elementary, Eldridge, IA.
Jayda Brunkan, Ed White Elementary, Eldridge, IA.
Kadin Kruse, Morningstar Academy, Bettendorf, IA
Ever Jens, McKinley Elementary, Davenport, IA.
Blake Hasson, Alwood Elementary, Alpha, IL.
Eunice Yoon, Prophetstown Elementary, Prophetstown, IL.
Courtney DeClercq, Home-schooled, Moline, IL
Alannah Skinner, Alan Shepard Elementary, Long Grove, IA
Micah Poole, Paul Norton School, Bettendorf, IA.