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Around the World; by John KrollWriters Contest Winners 2013

Sixteen Local Grade Schoolers Win WTVP’s PBS KIDS GO! Writing Contest WTVP announces 12 Winners and 4 Honorable Mentions

Peoria, IL—Judging is complete and the results are in…WTVP is pleased to announce 12 winners and four Honorable Mentions in the WTVP PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest.

First Place Winners

  • Kindergarten:
    John Kroll from Pekin for “Around the World”
  • First Grade:
    Dev Shroff from Oakland Elementary School in Bloomington for “Golden Learns to Swim”
  • Second Grade:
    Esther Newton from Peoria for “The Launching Little Bug”
  • Third Grade:
    Gillian McDaniel from Holy Family School in Peoria for “The Day I Decided to be an Irish Dancer”
Golden Learns to Swim; by Dev Shroff

Second Place Winners

  • Kindergarten:
    Kaavya Gupta from Peoria for “The Whale Saving Team”
  • First Grade:
    Chloé Li from Banner Elementary in Dunlap for “The Greatest Trip Ever”
  • Second Grade:
    Lauren Lal from Ridgeview Elementary in Dunlap for “The Crayon Box”
  • Third Grade:
    Lily Wegner from Davenport Elementary in Eureka for “The Pickle Man”

Third Place Winners

  • Kindergarten:
    Conté Pollard from Little Friends Learning Center in Peoria for “Santa & the Tooth Fairy”
  • First Grade:
    Makenna Polk from Blessed Sacrament in Morton for “Marvelous Marvin”
  • Second Grade:
    Kaela Gerig from Peoria for “The Missing President”
  • Third Grade:
    Lena Oswald from Blessed Sacrament in Morton for “The Tale of the Two Goatees”
The Launching Little Bug by Esther Newton
The Day I decided to be an Irish Dancer by Gillian McDaniel

Honorable Mention

  • Kindergarten:
    Sabrina Yeh from Little Friends Learning Center in Peoria for “The Dragon that Ate the Rainbow”
  • First Grade:
    Ella Calhoun from Little Friends Learning Center in Peoria for “The Poor Lollipop & the Candy Cane”
  • Second Grade:
    Mary Smith from Peoria for “Mermaids to the Rescue”
  • Third Grade:
    Gracie Kizer from St. Joseph Catholic School in Pekin for “The Magical Rainbow & Amberly Make the World Happy”

The first-place stories have advanced on to the national competition where they are competing against winners from other PBS stations across the country for fabulous prizes including tablet computers and e-readers. National winners will be announced this summer.

These local winners will be honored at an event in the WTVP Studio where they will receive prizes and have the chance to share their stories with a live audience. Their stories, along with the Honorable Mentions, will also be featured on the WTVP Website for the world to enjoy. All entrants will receive a Certificate of Achievement.



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Contact: Stacey Tomczyk, WTVP Promotion Director, (309) 495-0494 or

 Take a look at winning stories from previous years on the following pages: 

[2005]  [2006]  [2007]  [2008]  [2009]  [2010]  [2011]  [2012]


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