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RENO, Nev. (May 25, 2016) – KNPB celebrates local winners of the 2016 KNPB PBS KIDS Writers Contest at The Reno Tahoe International Airport June 1, 2016 from 5:30- 7 p.m. The winners are recognized at 6:10 p.m. immediately following speaker, Mark Alden Johnson, northern Nevada native and author of the children’s book I’m Up in a Tree. The winners’ stories will be on display at the airport throughout the summer and will be featured on KNPB broadcast channels in between programs, on knpb.org/writerscontest/winners/ and featured on the PBS national website at pbskids.org/writerscontest.

Over 1,600 creative entries were received from local children and 12 winners were chosen for first place, second place, and third place recognitions:


  • 1st Place:   Tristan — "Arctic Hare's Birthday"
  • 2nd Place:   Brittany — "Fall"
  • 3rd place:   Garridy — "I Like Dinosaurs"

First Grade:

  • 1st Place:   Katherine — "Baby Jaguar in the Wild Jungle"
  • 2nd Place:   Addie — "Shark on a Cruise Ship"
  • 3rd place:   Molly — "Library Book Characters at Night"

Second Grade:

  • 1st Place:   Aibhilin — "Mr. Chicken Wanting to be President"
  • 2nd Place:   Calista — "My Animal Friends"
  • 3rd place:   Jenna — "What Do Penguins Do at Night"

Third Grade:

  • 1st Place:   Kaylie — "The Loud Roar"
  • 2nd Place:   Brooke — "Ella the Elephant"
  • 3rd place:   Everti — "The Magic Hat"

“Every year KNPB is a proud participant in the PBS KIDS annual Writers Contest because it underscores our commitment to the success of northern Nevada children,” said Susan Mayes-Smith, KNPB manager of education services. 

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 original stories and illustrations.

PBS KIDS Writers Contest promotes creative writing which is proven to help build key academic skills and help improve a child’s self confidence, creativity and imagination. KNPB celebrates all of the talented northern Nevada students who entered the 2016 KNPB contest. 

The KNPB PBS KIDS Writers Contest is sponsored locally in part by lead sponsor Rotary Clubs of District 5190, Carson Tahoe Health, RGJ Media, IGT, Reno News and Review, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Dolan Auto Group, Reno-Tahoe International Airport, Michael Hohl, The Outlets at Sparks, The Impetus Agency, and Western Nevada Supply. With support from Nell J. Redfield Foundation, Lafrance Family Foundation, Leonette Foundation, Abraham & Sonia Rochlin Foundation, Thelma B. & Thomas P. Hart Foundation, Marie Crowley Foundation, John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, , Estelle J. Kelsey Foundation, City National Bank and Jack Van Sickle Foundation.

To learn more about the contest, visit pbskids.org/writerscontest.



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Tony Manfredi, KNPB Senior Vice President of Content and Marketing 

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