Twelve winners � including students in McCook Lake and Vermillion � have been named in South Dakota�s PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest. The contest, for young writers and illustrators, was open to kids in kindergarten through third grade. This year, 382 children from across South Dakota entered the contest.
�We had so many good entries this year that it was tough for the judges to select the winners,� said Wess Pravecek, SDPB Ready To Learn coordinator.
Each student wrote an original story and drew pictures to illustrate it. Each received a certificate honoring their effort.
The stories from the top 12 students � first, second and third in each grade level � will become part of SDPB Television�s award-winning Dakota KidStories series. The half-hour program will air on Friday, July 8, at 2 p.m., and on Monday, July 11, at 2 p.m.
The top 12 read their stories for the television program and were honored at an awards ceremony at SDPB Television�s Martin Busch Studio.
In addition, the winning stories are archived at SDPB.org/youngwriters.
Kindergarten: First place to Morgan Buenzow of Mitchell for �Morgan�s Flower Garden�; second place to Gabi Boyle of McCook Lake for �Ashley the Soccer Ball�; and third place to Allie Weber of Sioux Falls for �The Butterfly Who Found Her Colors.�
First Grade: First place to Tristina Ting of Brookings for �A Butterfly Named Laura�; second place to Billie Jo Kilness of Howes for �Tippy and the Mouse�; and third place to Tayson Jones of Howes for �Squirrels Get a New Home.�
Second Grade: First place to Alissa Wieman of Box Elder for �The Magic Lunchbox�; second place to Kolten Eszlinger of Baltic for �Missing Lures�; and third place to Emma Dahlhoff of Vermillion for �The Butterfly Hunt.�
Third Grade: First place to Tom Ropp of Brookings for �Peacos Find Us First�; second place to Kate Ropp of Brookings for �Zenny Escapes�; and third place to Madeline Loewe of Lennox for �The Mystery of the Caring Caper.�
Judges for the contest included Jane Healy, Electronic Resources Coordinator, South Dakota State Library, Pierre; Dr. Sherrie Bosse, Education Assistant Professor and Academic Advisor at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion; South Dakota�s First Lady Linda Daugaard of Pierre; and Jennifer Abels, SALSA Coordinator, Sioux Falls.