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|Congratulations Young Writers! KQED Education Network Announces Ninth Annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators Contest Winners|
Bay Area Kindergarten, First, Second, and Third Graders to be Awarded Prizes at a KQED Ceremony
San Francisco, June 17, 2003 -- Ready To Learn, a division of KQED Education Network (EdNet), is proud to announce the winners of the ninth annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators Contest. Bay Area children from kindergarten to third grade wrote and illustrated their own stories, and the winners were chosen from over 500 entrants.
This year's winners are:
First Place: The Monsters Go To Las Vegas, Siddharth Prasad, Cupertino
Second Place: The Penguin Who Traveled, Kailee Chow Wiser, San Carlos
Third Place: Lily The Fairy, Asra Sheikh, San Jose
Honorable Mention: My Family, Emma Checketts, Foster City
First Place: When Grandpa and a Lizard Made Friends, Ethan T. Barbee, Ukiah
Second Place: Ajinka Kully's Naughty Trick, Trevor Whitridge, Albany
Third Place: The Girl Who Wanted to Fly, Kimberly McKean, Albany
Honorable Mention: What Am I and What’s for Dinner, Angelo Patti, San Jose
First Place: My Friend, Joey Robinson, Los Gatos
Second Place: Mighty Mini Mike, Srjan Sreepathy, Cupertino
Third Place: How the Flowers Grew So Big, Annie Deh-Lee, Union City
Honorable Mention: White Socks and His Friends, Samuel Wyborny, Fremont
First Place: The Beaver and the Tornado, Dylan Steiner, Petaluma
Second Place: The Magic Castle, Kevin Ishikawa, San Jose
Third Place: A Fishy Story! Gyan Rusconi, Castro Valley
Honorable Mention: The Ocean Band, Jesse Velez, Petaluma
Stories will be published this summer on kqed.org and can be viewed at http://www.kqed.org/topics/family/parents/readingrainbow/.
An awards ceremony will take place on Friday June 20th, 6-8pm at KQED. Ruth Halpern, children's storyteller, will read each of the stories and distribute awards to the winners, which include Savings Bonds; books from Children's Book Press; Reading Rainbow books, backpacks and videos; passes to the Bay Area Discover Museum, California Academy of Sciences, Exploratorium, Oakland Children's Fairyland and Zeum; Ben & Jerry's cone coupons and Jelly Belly bean jars. For more information on the event, please contact Elizabeth Buchanan, 415-553-2379.
Every child who participated in the Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators Contest received a special certificate of achievement signed by Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton. Local first place winners advanced to the national competition. National first place winners will receive a computer and printer, and the second place winners will take home a DVD player. In addition, all 12 national winners will receive a Reading Rainbow library set for themselves as well as for their school and their local library. National winners will be announced in June, and the winning stories will be posted on http://www.pbskids.org on June 16.
The Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators Contest is one of many opportunities provided by Ready To Learn, which teaches parents and child care professionals how to turn PBS programming into an interactive, educational tool.
The Ninth Annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators Contest is funded in part by Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
KQED EdNet works to ensure that programs have a life beyond broadcast, extending the impact of KQED's resources into the community through a range of media-making opportunities, workshops, teacher trainings, public forums and community events.
KQED Public Broadcasting operates KQED Public Television 9, one of the nation's most-watched public television stations during prime-time, and KQED's digital television channels, which include KQED HD, KQED Encore, KQED World, KQED Life and KQED Kids; KQED Public Radio, the most-listened-to public radio station in the nation with an award-winning news and public affairs program service (88.5 FM in San Francisco and 89.3 FM in Sacramento); KQED.org, one of the most visited station sites in Public Broadcasting; and KQED Education Network, which brings the impact of KQED to thousands of teachers, students, parents and media professionals through workshops, seminars and resources.