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Top stories in statewide K-3 writing and illustration competition now available online

PHOENIX -- (June 5, 2013) Eight, Arizona PBS celebrates the 2013 Arizona winners of the annual PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, a national-local competition designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning, by featuring the winning stories on the contest website at (click on Upcoming/Contests). The first place winner in each grade moves on to the national competition. National contest winners are scheduled to be announced July 1.

Arizona students in grades K-3 were encouraged to develop their creativity by submitting original stories and illustrations in this annual competition. Eight, Arizona PBS, in partnership with the City of Phoenix Latino Institute and Lincoln Family YMCA announced the first, second and third place winners in each grade level at a special event on April 27. The awards celebration also featured a special appearance by award-winning Arizona children’s author Terri Fields. The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest is produced by PBS KIDS Raising Readers, managed by WNED-TV, Buffalo/Toronto and implemented locally by Eight, Arizona PBS.

The 2013 PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest winners are:


1st place – Alexander Shin, Phoenix- The Reading Curse
2nd place – Princess Ruiz, Phoenix I Want To Be a Rapper
3rd place – Feras Khezrian, ChandlerThe Dog, the Cat, and the Poisonous Cheese

1st Grade

1st place – Divyasri Ranganahan, Tempe- Together, We Achieve
2nd place – Pragya Jairam, Tempe - The Adventure of Lilly and the Magical Bike Silly
3rd place – Lili Guerrero, TucsonElvis and the Little Bird

2nd Grade:

1st place – Sydney Kim, TucsonHow Will I touch the Moon?
2nd place – Ellis Williams, PhoenixEllis the Cowboy
3rd place – Sophia Manthey, PhoenixThe Stories of Anne Gardenweaver!

3rd Grade:

1st place – Adriana Skinner, Cave CreekCan I Have Some Freckles, Please?
2nd place – Anika Seshadri, Palo Alto Midnight Frights
3rd place – Isabel Love, Phoenix -Doodle Dog and the Mystery of the Missing Doodle  (-more-)

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