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Record number of student writers illustrate their talents, KCPT Kids Writers Contest winners announced

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A whopping 202 young authors submitted their stories to the 2014 KCPT Kids Writers Contest for K–3 students.

From a saga about a lost Jayhawk to the tale of an African dwarf frog that aspires to be a popstar, the stories reflected the unique interests of each author.

A team of educators and librarians poured over the entries and scored each story based on elements like creativity, narrative structure and illustrations.

In each grade a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize have been awarded.

The 1st place story from each grade has been submitted to the national PBS Kids Writers Contest, where 12 judges, including “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” author Jeff Kinney, Chris and Martin Kratt of “Wild Kratts,” and Joseph Mazzarino, head writer, director and puppeteer on “Sesame Street.”

The national winners will be announced this summer.

Kindergarten
1st – “The Jayhawk That Went to College” by Vianny Guevard
2nd – “My Own Planet” by Christina Abrams
3rd – “My Sisters” by Elodie Ruff

First Grade:
1st – “Webby” by Jane Sheldon
2nd – “Tom Gets a Tooth Pulled” by Adele Van Lieshout
3rd – “Kings, Queens, and Aliens” by Elizabeth Newell

Second Grade:
1st – “The Adventurous Mermaid” by Macy Morris
2nd – “Tarra’s Destiny” by Eleanor Paget
3rd – “Louise’s New Friends” by Kara Tompkins

Third Grade:
1st – “Two Famous Frogs” by Mara Callahan
2nd – “Snapping Turtle” by Avery Sowa
3rd – “The Two Crystals” by Ava George

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