East Tennessee Public Television announces local winners of the PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest

Three sisters used an anteater to find a way out of a cave so they could find their bone.

Well, not quite, but it’s close!

The sisters, anteater, cave and bone each belong to the stories of four East Tennessee students; from kindergarten, first, second and third grade; who won the local PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest conducted by East Tennessee Public Television (ETPtv) and sponsored by the Knox County Public Library.

“All of the entries were truly incredible,” said Frank Miller, Assistant General Manager of ETPtv. “This contest allows children to express their creativity and enjoy education with a hands-on learning activity.”

Kindergarten winner: Thomas Shepherd, Carpenters Elementary, Blount County, wrote “The Adventures of Puppy and Iggy.” This story follows Puppy and Iggy as they escape from a cave to the “Island of Nim” to rescue other animals. By distracting the “bad people” with a game of checkers, they were able to free everyone and become heroes.

First-grade winner: Emma Johnston, Copper Ridge Elementary, Knox County, wrote “Yalanda and Her Sisters.”

Despite experiencing an earthquake in Haiti and having their orphanage destroyed, three sisters were happy to be together and learned to be “very grateful for what they have.”

Second-grade winner: Taylor West, John Sevier Elementary, Blount County, wrote “Where’s My Bone?” In this mystery, Luke the dog woke up to find his “juicy bone” missing! After putting on his detective coat, he began to question his suspects. After a long day of still no bone, he reached his hand into his pocket and felt the best clue of all… his bone! He had it with him the whole time. “So that’s where I left it.”

Third-grade winner: Matthew Barnicki, Thomas Jefferson Elementary, Sullivan County, wrote “Ricky and Sean,” about two frog best friends. When Ricky noticed Sean was not beside him anymore, he had to search the entire rainforest to find him. With the help of an anteater, they found Sean trapped by a water beetle! But the anteater came to the rescue and “slurped him up.” Ricky and Sean were together at last!

Chosen from 66 entries, the winners receive a backpack, a Stepping Stones chapter book, a “Word Girl” DVD, the “Martha Speaks” book, “The Electric Company” notebook and funbook, a PBS bag, gift certificates to Smart Toys and Books, and tickets to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, Museum of Appalachia, Smokies Stadium, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge. Winners are also invited into the ETPtv studio to read their stories on-air. The winning submissions will compete in the national PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest for a chance to win a MP3 player, digital camera or laptop computer and the chance to be featured on the pbskids.org website.

ETPtv, a nonprofit viewer-supported television station, provides lifelong learning opportunities to approximately 925,000 homes in East Tennessee, southern Kentucky and western North Carolina. As a PBS affiliate, the station achieves this by broadcasting non-violent, commercial-free children’s series; instructional programs to K-12 classrooms and home schooled students; basic skill and adult education series; and primetime shows that entertain, enlighten and educate.

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