KNPB Honors Young Writers with Annual KNPB PBS KIDS Writers Contest

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KNPB Honors Young Writers with Annual KNPB PBS KIDS Writers Contest

(Reno, NV May 25, 2017) – KNPB is pleased to celebrate the winners of the 2017 KNPB PBS Kids Writers Contest on Wednesday, May 31 at 5:30 p.m. at the Reno Tahoe International Airport. 

Over 1,300 creative entries were received from local children grades K-3 and 12 winners were chosen for first place, second place, and third place recognitions:

2017 Winners


  • 1st place- Ryver at Jessie Beck Elementary for The Sun Hat
  • 2nd place- Elise, at Verdi Elementary for Dinosaurs Came to My House
  • 3rd place- Kylee at Spanish Springs Elementary for American Symbols

First Grade: 

  • 1st place- Zachary at Nancy Gomes Elementary for The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Champ
  • 2nd place- Carson at Beck Elementary for Bear on a Magic Carpet
  • 3rd place- Camdyn at Juniper Elementary for Kittens at Night and

                 Kolton at Spanish Springs Elementary for Fish on a Surfboard

Second Grade: 

  • 1st place- Alec at Our Lady of the Snows School for Ben and the Bully
  • 2nd place- Camila at Grace Warner Elementary for The Penguin Who Almost Got Eaten
  • 3rd place- Ellie at Peavine Elementary for My Hedgehog

Third Grade: 

  • 1st place- Gracie at Hidden Valley Elementary for Food Fiesta
  • 2nd place- Savannah at Nancy Gomes Elementary for A Turkey Names Wilber
  • 3rd place- Meridian at Jessie Beck Elementary for Princess Panolia’s Tangled Hair

During the Writers Contest awards event, renowned author, Terri Farley, of Verdi, will share with the winners some insights about what it takes to become a published author. Farley’s latest book, her first non-fiction written for young audiences, Wild at Heart, tells of the plight of the Mustangs of the West.  She will be available to sign the copies she is providing to the winners and event sponsors. In addition to being recognized at the event on May 31

Annually, KNPB hosts the local contest designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across northern Nevada to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces while building their creative voices, as well as developing critical reading and writing skills.

The KNPB PBS KIDS Writers Contest is sponsored locally in part by lead sponsor Rotary Clubs of District 5190, City National Bank, IGT, Reno News & Review, Audi Reno Tahoe, The Impetus Agency, Reno Tahoe International Airport, Lemelson Foundation, Nell J. Redfield Foundation, Hall Family Charitable Fund, Marie Crowley Foundation, Abraham & Sonia Rochlin Foundation, Thelma B. & Thomas P. Hart Foundation, Jack Van Sickle, Western Nevada Supply and the University of Nevada, Reno – Pack Internship Grant Program. 

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About KNPB

KNPB is seen by more than 130,000 people weekly in northern Nevada and northeastern California with additional viewership on multicast channels KNPB Create on channel 5.2, and in March 2017 the new KNPB PBS KIDS on 5.3. KNPB channels are also available on cable and satellite services. KNPB provides PBS national programming and award winning locally produced KNPB content. provides engaging interactive content, including the KNPB video portal at that streams all locally produced KNPB content and most PBS national content. KNPB serves students, teachers, parents and caregivers through immersive educational services from KNPB Education Services that bring classroom lessons to life. Through the support of local corporations and foundations, as well as individual members, KNPB has been delivering public television and educational services to the communities it serves since 1983.



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