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WSIU Announces Local Story Contest Winners

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Contact: Vickie Devenport, WSIU Outreach Coordinator and SIRIS Director, (618) 453-6148,

Carbondale, IL - WSIU Public Broadcasting, the public media arm of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), is pleased to announce local winners in the PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest, which encourages children grades K-3 to celebrate the power of writing and illustrating by submitting their own original storybooks. First place and honorable mention honorees were chosen from among 252 local entrants.

WSIU, with support from regional contest sponsors Cedarhurst Center for the Arts and My Favorite Toys at University Mall in Carbondale, was one of 87 public television stations across the country participating in this year's Contest. Stories are first judged at the local level, after which local winners advance to the national competition. National winners will be announced this summer.

Local honorees will be recognized at a special awards ceremony this Saturday, April 24 at 1pm at the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Mt. Vernon, IL. Honorees will receive prizes and their creative work will be featured in a public exhibit at Cedarhurst. Other stories will be chosen for a special exhibit at My Favorite Toys at the University Mall this summer. First place winners also will be invited to record their stories for broadcast on WSIU Radio in late spring or early summer. All children who entered the contest will receive a special Certificate of Achievement.

This year's local winners are:

1st  - Amanda Beuth, The Elephant Runs Away, St. Jacob, IL
Honorable Mention - Elaina Montgomery, I Like, McClellan Grade School, Mrs. Diane Porter- Teacher, Mt. Vernon, IL

First Grade:
1st - Kelsey Jurich, Animal Adventures, Herrin, IL
Honorable Mention - Josie Woodrome, Wacky and the Winter Olympics, Texico, IL

Second Grade:
1st - Camryn Parker, Monica the Monarch, McLeansboro, IL
Honorable Mention -  Austin Reyling, Sunday's Ball, St. John the Baptist, Smithton, IL

Third Grade:
1st  - Macy Sanchez, Please Don't Laugh at My Family…I Love Them, Benton, IL
Honorable Mention - Shannon Price, The Tree, Carbondale, IL

WSIU would also like to thank this year's judges for their time and participation: Irene Just of Herrin; Lane Hudgins of Murphysboro; Jean Pulliam of Makanda; Linda Davis and Pam Urban of DuQuoin; and Lisa Belville, Christine Gilbert, Joan Listen, Kim Mahoney, Linda Rohling, Edie Spees, and Kristy Strusz of Carbondale.

The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest is a national-local contest designed to promote the advancement of children's reading skills through hands-on, active learning. The Contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the 15-year national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest,” which was discontinued after the Reading Rainbow series ceased production. Produced by WNED-TV Buffalo/Toronto and PBS, The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest is part of PBS KIDS Raising Readers, a national initiative that uses the power of public media to build the reading skills of young children, with an emphasis on children from at-risk families. WSIU is one of 20 stations across the nation participating in the PBS KIDS Raising Readers initiative at the local level.

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