Birmingham Youths are APT Writing Contest Winners
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Posted Apr 14, 2010

Birmingham Youths are APT Writing Contest Winners

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Birmingham third-grader Ellie Talalight, first-grader Eden Kennedy Morris and kindergartener Cheryl Kaye Marshall are among 12 elementary students and authors statewide to be selected winners in the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, sponsored by Alabama Public Television. Winning a first place in the third-grade category for her book, “The Crab who wasn’t Crabby,” Talalight lives in Gardendale. Marshall earned a second place award in the kindergarten category for her book, titled “The Good Dog,” and Morris received a third-place award for her book, titled “The Pug Parade.” The contest encourages children grades K-3 to celebrate the power of writing and illustrating by creating their own original storybooks. First through third-place winners are selected in each grade level. This year, a record 285 entries were submitted to APT’s Education Division. Winning authors will be recognized at a special awards ceremony to be held Saturday, April 17 at the Alabama Book Festival in Montgomery and they will be hosted with their family at an APT-sponsored luncheon in their honor at the historic Young House. They will also receive a presented with a gift package containing books and educational activities from APT. Alabama’s first-place winning entries will advance to the national competition, where they will be judged by a panel of renowned professionals. National winners will be announced during summer 2010 and will earn additional prizes including laptops, digital cameras and MP3 players. In announcing the winners, APT’s VP of Educational Services Dr. Cindy Kirk noted, “Research shows that writing plays a key role in the development of early literacy skills. This contest provides the perfect forum for kids to flex their imaginations while tapping into those important skills.” A full breakdown of the 2010 Young Writers’ Contest Winners appears below. KINDERGARTEN First Place: “Gramy Goes to Space” by Hattin Berryman, Waterloo, AL Second Place: “The Good Dog” by Cheryl Kaye Marshall, Birmingham, AL Third Place: “Finding Grandma” by Sofie Jean Pickett, Phenix City, AL FIRST GRADE First Place: “The Spider Who Couldn’t Swim” by Jackson Baggett, Cullman, AL Second Place: “Weasler and the Big Purple Blimp” by Evan Nicholas Leary, Montgomery, AL Third Place: “ The Pub Parade” by Eden Kennedy Morris, Birmingham, AL SECOND GRADE First Place: “Sunny Days are Here” by Taylor El’ana Moore-Jones, Dixon’s Mills, AL Second Place: “Lizzy the Dancing Scientist” by Maria Joy Moxey, Mobile, AL Third Place: “A New Day” by Benjamin Starkey, Southside, AL THIRD GRADE First Place: “The Crab who wasn’t Crabby” by Ellie Talalight, Gardendale, AL Second Place: “The Very Special Gardener” by Molly Kay Rose Richardson, Prattville, AL Third Place: “Jake: Best Day Ever!” by Jordan Hale, Hartselle, AL All APT winning stories will be posted on the APT Web site, after the awards ceremony. The Web site also features a wealth of information for parents and teachers as well as interactive user-generated content for kids. About the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest Produced by WNED-TV, Buffalo/Toronto and PBS, the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest 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 2 to 8, with an emphasis on children from low-income families. The effort is funded by a Ready To Learn grant from the U.S. Department of Education, part of a cooperative agreement with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), PBS and The Ready To Learn Partnership. About PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS GO! PBS KIDS, for preschoolers, and PBS KIDS GO!, for early elementary school kids, offer all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online and community-based programs. 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