Mountain Lake PBS Announces 20th Annual Kids Writers Contest Winners

Mountain Lake PBS is proud to announce the winners of the 20th Annual Mountain Lake PBS Kids Writers Contest, and the winners of the Oh the Places You’ll Go with Reading Video Contest. The celebration honoring these students will air on Mountain Lake PBS on Thursday, July 3, at 9 PM.

For 20 years, Mountain Lake PBS has encouraged early elementary-aged students to stretch their creative wings by hosting this annual contest, which thousands of children have participated in.

The winners of the 20th Annual Mountain Lake PBS Writers Contest and Oh the Places You’ll Go with Reading Video Contest with Jane Owens, Director of Outreach and Education, Steven Kellogg, children’s author, and Curious George.

The winners of the 20th Annual Mountain Lake PBS Writers Contest and Oh the Places You’ll Go with Reading Video Contest with Jane Owens, Director of Outreach and Education, Steven Kellogg, children’s author, and Curious George.

KINDERGARTEN: WINNER – Alexander R. LaForest. HONORABLE MENTION – Braydon Caraballo, Maxie Sellars, Tom Sorensen.

FIRST GRADE: WINNER – Irelan Porter. HONORABLE MENTION – Quinn Lang, Alyssa Mydlarz, Miriam Sayward

SECOND GRADE: WINNER – Ava Given. HONORABLE MENTION – Jacob Chapman, Lucas M. LaForest, Kade Sellars, Harrison Smith.

THIRD GRADE: WINNER – Kate LaPoint. HONORABLE MENTION – Eamon Graves, Raelyn King, Katrina Miller, Gideon Sayward.

This educational campaign empowers kids to use their unique voices and build literacy skills by writing and illustrating their very own stories – and then entering the Mountain Lake PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Each child’s participation was recognized with a certificate, and winning entries have the chance to move on to the national competition.

“Kids naturally have a keen sense of curiosity and incredible imaginations,” said Jane Owens, Director of Outreach and Education at Mountain Lake PBS. “The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest will provide a safe community platform for North Country children to express their ideas while fostering key early literacy skills such as story-telling.”

This year, the Contest Celebration also announced the winners of the Chazy Schools Oh the Places You’ll Go with Reading Video Contest.

KINDERGARTEN – SECOND GRADE: WINNER – Taylor Barnaby. HONORABLE MENTION – Samantha Gonyo, Isabella Vesneske, Evan Dwyer, Kassidy Turek.

THIRD – FOURTH GRADE: WINNER – Luke Moser.

FIFTH – SIXTH GRADE: WINNER – Nathan Pilon. HONORABLE MENTION – Jose deOndarza, Willow Herz, Patrick Dwyer.

Local children’s author and illustrator Steven Kellogg participated in the celebration as well, telling a story, and creating illustrations in a presentation to the winners.

The PBS Kids Writers Contest Celebration will air on Thursday, July 3 at 9 PM; Friday, July 4 at 12 PM; Saturday, July 5 at 5 PM; and on Sunday, July 6 at 11:30 AM.

Click here to read the winning stories  http://mountainlake.org/writers

or Click here to Watch the winning videos http://mountainlake.org/education/chazy-schools-video-contest