APT Honors Young Writers
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Posted Apr 30, 2012

APT Honors Young Writers

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Eight student writers in kindergarten to third grade were recently honored as state winners in the 2012 PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest. Children from all across Alabama participated in the contest which Alabama Public Television has been conducting with other PBS stations for 20 years. State first place winners will now go on to compete with young writers around the nation. The goal of this annual competition is to encourage children ages 6 to 9 to be creative and have fun doing it. Each entrant is required to write and illustrate their own work. Subject matter may be prose or poetry, fiction or non-fiction, and all illustrations should attempt to complement and enhance the text. Each grade is judged separately. Parents are encouraged to help their children create a positive, joint learning experience, but the overall concepts and text must be the child's. Judges for this year’s contest included world-famous author Charles Ghigna, “Father Goose,” of Birmingham. The list of official winners is as follows: Kindergarten: First Place to Ben James of Athens for "All About My Dog Shelly" Second Place to Holly Davenport of Gadsden for "Monster Sports" First Grade: First Place to Evelyn Carswell of Franklin, TN* for "John and Betsy: The Missing Cat" Second Place to Maddie Errett of Cullman for "A Magical Adventure" Second Grade: First Place to Cheryl Marshall of Birmingham for "Aly’s Great Adventures" Second Place to Peter Talalight of Owens Crossroads for "Tricky Tom and the Tooth Fairy" Third Grade: First Place to Hannah Willcutt of Fayette for "The Bear Parade" Second Place to Jackson Baggett of Cullman for "Nick the Spider Gets a Pet" All the winners received gift certificates from Books-A-Million and other prizes as well. All of the children who sent in books for the contest received special certificates of participation for their work. For more information, contact: Michael McKenzie at 1-800-239-5233, ext. 123 mckenzie@aptv.org