WEIU recently announced the winners of the 2013 PBS Kids Go Writer’s Contest. A reception was held for all participants on Thursday, April 25th at WEIU studios in Charleston. There were three winners selected in each division: Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade.
Pictured are the top three place winners in the first grade category: (L-R) Stacie Vonderheide (first place for her story The Magic Cat), Claire McCormick (second place for her story A Day at the Beach), and Henry Vonderheide (third place for his story The Adventures of Leo). The first place awards in each category will be sent on to compete in the national competition.
All three children are in Mrs. Richter’s first grade classroom at Stewardson-Strasburg Elementary. Other students from her class receiving honorable mention in the contest include: Amelia Goen (for her story The Lost Princess), Garrett Hoene (for his story Finding Bruce), Isaiah Lister (for his storyThe Cat and the Store), Morgan Mathis (for her story My First Dogs), Evan Petzing (for his story Zoo), Paytyn Propst (for her story The Snake and a Person), Kaley Ramsey (for her story The Cat and the Dog), Serinity Schultz (for her story Silly Cars), and Briar Smith (for his story The Life of the Gwongalongong).
The writer’s contest was part of a national/local competition to encourage creativity among young writers. Children were asked to submit an original story, with at least five illustrations, and 200 words or less. The students in Mrs. Richter’s class worked for weeks creating idea webs, story lines/plots, illustrations, first drafts, and revisions. Teaching the writing process (and editing process) went along with their author/illustrator study on Dr. Seuss in March.