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Four Young Writers and Illustrators Named Local First-Place Winners in WTVP’s “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest"


Wednesday, May 6th, 2009


Peoria, IL — Four young writers and illustrators—students in kindergarten through the third grade in communities throughout Central Illinois—have been named local first-place winners in WTVP’s 15th Annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.

The local winners—chosen from 207 entries from 36 Central Illinois communities—advanced to the national awards competition. In this special contest, children told their own stories—in their own words—and illustrated their work with original drawings.

Their entries, along with the stories of 8 children who earned 2nd-place and 3rd-place honors in this year’s contest, will be featured soon on WTVP’s web site—www.wtvp.org—in the special “Reading Rainbow Room.”

—2009 Local Winners—

 Local 1st-Place Winners

  • Kindergarten—Madeline Brod from Limestone Walters School in Bartonville for “Friendship and Caring”

  • First Grade—Matthew Moorman from Silver Lining Academy in Peoria for “The Swinging Trotters”

  • Second Grade—Jennalynn Cisna from Cisna Academy in Galva for “The Bald Eagle”

  • Third Grade—Tessa Wiesbrock from Nineteen-Acre Academy in Dunlap for “The Horse Jumping Champion”

Local 2nd-place and 3rd-place winners



  • Meriah Nicole Fearon from Montessori School in Peoria for “A Story of Two Wishes—2nd Place

  • Alyssa Bivens from Peoria Academy for “Purple Problem”—3rd Place

First Grade

  • Joshua Kizer from St. Joseph’s School in Pekin for “The Secret Ingredient” – 2nd Place

  • Jackson Dempsey from Stevenson School in Bloomington for “The Juggling Tiger”—3rd Place

Second Grade

  • Lia Lohnes from Tremont Grade School for “Taking Care of the Earth”—2nd Place

  • Sindhumeena Yegappan from Banner Elementary School in Dunlap for “Let’s Hear the Months of the Year!”—3rd Place

Third Grade

  • Elizabeth Newton from Wellspring Academy in Peoria for “The Bizarre Bazaar”—2nd Place

  • Josey Pauli from the Pauli Homeschool in Bartonville for “The Sheep Who Ran Away”—3rd Place


To honor the local winners, WTVP 47 will host a Young Writers Party Tuesday, May 12th at the broadcast center at 101 State St. in downtown Peoria.


Contact: Janet McGrath, (309) 495-0593 or janet.mcgrath@wtvp.org



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