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Local First Place Winners will Enter National Contest to be Judged This Summer

May 2, 2012, Corpus Christi, TX – KEDT is proud to announce the winners for the KEDT PBS KIDS KIDS GO! Writers Contest. All first place winners will be entered into the national PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, where they will compete against area winners from across the county.

The contest, presented locally by KEDT with national funding support from, encourages children in grades K-3 in the Coastal Bend and in communities across the country to celebrate the power of language and creativity by creating and submitting original stories and illustrations. KEDT was one of sixty-three (63) public television stations across the country that participated in this year’s contest.

“Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all of the children who sent their stories to KEDT,” said Don Dunlap, President and General Manager. “We at KEDT were pleased to bring this opportunity to celebrate young writers to the Coastal Bend community. The many incredible entries we received during the KEDT PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest demonstrates the impact of KEDT’s and PBS KIDS’ shared commitment to opening up worlds of words for all young children in our community and across the country.”

The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest is produced annually by PBS KIDS and managed and created by WNED-TV Buffalo/Toronto, and is a part of PBS KIDS Raising Readers, a national initiative that uses the power of public media to build the reading skills of children ages two to eight. More information on PBS KIDS Raising Readers and the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest can be found at

Winners of the 2012 KEDT PBS KIDS KIDS GO! Writers Contest were:

Kindergarten Division
1st Place Winner– Grace Canales for The Colorful and Happy Sunflower
2nd Place Winner– Justin Starkie for If You Give A Monkey Marshmellows
(There was no 3rd Place Winner)

First Grade Division
1st Place Winner – Sylvanna Nicole Rich for Sparkles Helps the Queen
2nd Place Winner – Emma Fleck for Buttercup’s Lesson
3rd Place Winner – Isabela Ranson for Mag and the Big Strawberry

Second Grade Division
1st Place Winner – Katherine Fleck for From Meow Mars to Solar Sweets and Back
2nd Place Winner – Mia Froehlich for Mittens and Her Friends
3rd Place Winner – Ella Pena for The Three Little Penguins

Third Grade Division
1st Place Winner – Nikolai Ortiz for Scribbles for Fame
2nd Place Winner – Dylan Joshua Rich for Kyle and Conservation
3rd Place Winner – Jesse Vernallis for The Seed

Winners were from Seashore Learning Center, Luther Jones Elementary-CCISD, Schanen Estates Elementary-CCISD, Dawson Elementary-CCISD, and one contestant was Homeschooled.

About KEDT
For 40 years, South Texas Public Broadcasting System, Inc. (KEDT) has provided education and entertainment to the people of South Texas. The only non-commercial media capable of reaching nearly all South Texas every day, South Texas Public Broadcasting System, Inc., uses the power of radio, television, and the Internet. South Texas Public Broadcasting brings ideas, information, and lifelong learning to our diverse community.

PBS KIDS GO! offers early elementary children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online and community-based programs. For more information on specific PBS KIDS GO! content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit, join our community online on Twitter and Facebook, or visit

About WNED
WNED is the founder and national co-producer of the Reading Rainbow series which garnered a total of 26 Emmy Awards, ten of which were for “Outstanding Children’s Series.” The Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest was created by WNED and rebranded in 2009 to the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest after 15 years. WNED was the producer of the popular Mark Russell Comedy Specials for PBS and is a producer of major documentaries for PBS national distribution. A series of WNED documentaries (Your Life, Your Money, Window to the Sea, Niagara Falls, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buffalo, The Marines, The Adirondacks, Fort Niagara: The Struggle for a Continent, Elbert Hubbard: An American Original, War of 1812, and Underground Railroad: The William Still Story) have been broadcast nationally on PBS since 2005. WNED is currently producing several documentaries slated for national PBS broadcast in the coming year.

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