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First Place Winners Advance to the National PBS KIDS Writers Contest

            COSTA MESA, Calif. (May 2, 2014)PBS SoCaL is awarding local winners of the annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest. The annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest is a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest encourages children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity by submitting their own original stories and illustrations.

This year’s local winners are:

1st Place - Kindergarten: “Chillivut Meets Volaxinv and Oldrin” by Jishnu Mukherjee of Woodland Hills, Calif.

1st Place - First Grade: “Leena the Elephant” by Ibrahim Alhumaidi of Madera, Calif.

1st Place - Second Grade: “Lemon and Lime and the Butterfly Life Cycle” by Danika Mendoza of Fontana, Calif.

1st Place - Third Grade: “One Muffin’s Adventure” by Kate Jang of Los Angeles, Calif.


2nd Place - Kindergarten: “Zing Zing Zong Zong’s Trip to the Moon” by Zachary Tsai of San Gabriel, Calif.

2nd Place - First Grade: “A Toothbrush Named Fred” by Sophie Bonahora of Costa Mesa, Calif.

2nd Place - Second Grade: “Zack and Ryan’s Adventure: The Missing Hamster Jeff” by Lakshman Manickam of Cypress, Calif.

2nd Place - Third Grade: “The Lonely Toothfairy” by Yuna Choi of Los Angeles, Calif.


3rd Place - Kindergarten: “Sebe, the Candy Monster” by Sebastian R. Alexis of Irvine, Calif.

3rd Place - First Grade: “Marcos and His Friend Max” by Marcos Kehoe of Costa Mesa, Calif.

3rd Place - Second Grade: “The Day Tom’s Life Changed” by Ishaq Alhomedi of Clovis, Calif.

3rd Place -Third Grade: “Bat Invasion” by Jude F. Alexis of Irvine, Calif.

Honorable Mentions:

1st Grade - “The Hungry Giraffe” by Zachary Piedad of Irvine, Calif.

2nd Grade - Best Historical Fiction: “The Day I Went to School with Ruby Bridges” by Keilani A. Darvin of La Habra, Calif.

Creativity: “I Wish” by Lia Berkovich of Los Angeles, Calif.

3rd Grade - Best Illustrations: “Raquel & Daisy” by Chaelin Kang of Los Angeles, Calif.

            Winners are invited to a special awards ceremony at the PBS SoCaL studio located in the South Coast Metro Business Area on Thursday, May 8 where they will be awarded certificates and prizes for their writing efforts.

             “We love the opportunity to participate in the contest each year, as it advances our commitment to supporting creative expression and growing children’s literacy skills.” said Jamie Myers, VP of Education and Community Outreach for PBS SoCaL. “At PBS SoCaL, we are truly inspired by the talented children of Southern California and wish them the best of luck in the national contest.”

            PBS SoCal’s first place winners will advance to the national contest and a panel of some of America's foremost children's authors, illustrators and content experts will serve as honorary judges and rank the top 12 finalists.  National winners will be announced this summer and the winning stories will be featured on pbskids.org/writerscontest.

Local support for the PBS KIDS Writers contest is provided by the Steinmetz Foundation.

 About PBS SoCaL

            PBS SoCaL is PBS for Greater Los Angeles and dedicated to educating, entertaining and enlightening viewers throughout Southern California.  With its three unique broadcast channels, PBS SoCaL HD, PBS SoCaL Plus and PBS SoCaL World, PBS SoCaL provides award-winning programs like Frontline,NewsHour, NOVA, Nature and Masterpiece, as well as local productions including SoCaL Insider with Rick Reiff and LAaRT.  Through community outreach initiatives including PBS SoCaL Education, PBS SoCaL provides local schools access to new media materials that engage students in 21st century learning.  Explore the future of PBS in Southern California at www.pbssocal.org.


            PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online, mobile and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including the PBS KIDS video player, now offering free streaming video accessible on computer- and mobile-device-based browsers. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

 About LeapFrog

            LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. is the leader in educational entertainment for children. For nearly 20 years, LeapFrog has created award-winning learning solutions that combine educational expertise, innovative technology and a child’s love for fun. With experiences that are personalized to each child’s level, LeapFrog helps children achieve their potential through LeapFrog’s proprietary learning tablets, learn to read and write systems, interactive learning toys and more, all designed or approved by LeapFrog’s full-time in-house team of learning experts. LeapFrog’s Learning Path, the ultimate guide for parents on early childhood, is designed specifically to help support and guide their child’s learning with personalized ideas and feedback, fun activities and expert advice. LeapFrog is based in Emeryville, California, and was founded in 1995 by a father who revolutionized technology-based learning solutions to help his child learn how to read. Learn more at www.leapfrog.com.

 About Highlights for Children, Inc. (www.Highlights.com)

            Devoted to “Fun with a Purpose,” family media brand Highlights for Children, Inc. has helped children become their best selves for generations. In addition to the flagship magazine, Highlights’ other offerings include a preschool magazine (High Five), an infant magazine (Hello), a children’s book company (Boyds Mills Press), puzzle book clubs and a variety of digital products.


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