Friday, May 11, 2012

Local Child is Winner in Writers’ Contest

Noah Quater’s story “Joe the Dragon” was selected as a 3rd place winner for Kindergarten in this year’s New Hampshire Public Television – PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest.  Noah’s story features a water-breathing dragon named Joe, who has a hard time making friends with the fire-breathing dragons at school.  That all changes when Joe's water saves the day! Noah lives in South Berwick.
The contest encourages children in K – 3rd grade to explore the power of creativity by writing and illustrating their own stories, and promotes reading skills through hands-on, active learning. This is the 18th year NHPTV has hosted a writing and illustrating contest for children.  There were 320 entries this year; more than 10,000 children have participated over the years.
NHPTV’s first-place winners will compete against the winners from 62 other public television stations in the national PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest. The first-, second-, and third-place winners in the four grade categories will be recognized at the awards ceremony June 2nd at NHPTV Family Day at Story Land in Glen, New Hamspshire.  Award-winning children’s author Kathy Brodsky, whose books include “A Horse Named Special,” “Stover,” and “The Inside Story,” will speak at the ceremony.
“We’re so pleased to offer this opportunity to celebrate young writers. The entries we received were very impressive,” said Dawn DeAngelis, NHPTV's chief content officer.
The contest is part of NHPTV's commitment to promoting literacy and a love of reading, writing and creative expression in children. The contest aligns with New Hampshire writing and reading standards, and is made possible with support from NEA-New Hampshire.
This year's NHPTV winners were chosen by a panel of judges including local educators and librarians. Winning stories can be read on the website
Starting as the Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest in1994, the contest became the NHPTV– PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest in 2010. Six local children have been recognized for their work with national awards.