WVPT Celebrates Local Winner in State PBS Writers Contest

PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest Award Ceremony held recently at WVPT Studios
Event Fosters Reading, Writing and Creativity

WVPT is pleased to announce that Kindergarten student Nicholas Bartram was chosen as one of the state winners of the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest with his story, Jonathan’s Camping Adventure. Nicholas attends Courthouse Road Elementary School in Spotsylvania, Virginia. WVPT recently recognized 12 outstanding young authors for their award-winning stories through the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest. They were chosen from among 300 local entrants.

The Contest encourages grade school students to use their imaginations and apply their writing and artistic talents by creating original storybooks. This year’s winners, listed below, created original “books” featuring tales of  battling dragons, insects, and poignant goodbyes.


First Place: Jonathan’s Camping Adventure by Nicholas Bartram, Courthouse Road Elementary, Spotsylvania
Honorable Mention: The Pretty Golden Flower by Cami Carpenter, Highland Elementary, Monterey

First Grade
First Place: The Broken Bell by Isabel Rathburn, Beverly Manor Elementary, Augusta
Honorable Mention: The Caterpillar with Two Lives by Samuel Rooker, Keister Elementary, Harrisonburg

Second Grade

First Place: The Doggie Artist by Stephen Smith, Charlottesville
Honorable Mention: Perfectia by Erika Wu, Spring Hill Elementary, Fairfax

Third Grade
First Place: Karooroo and the Sea Serpent by Walker Lloyd, Venable Elementary, Charlottesville
Honorable Mention: The Move by Morgan Brown, Lacey Springs Elementary, Rockingham

Fourth Grade
First Place: While You Were Gone by Kayleigh Sprouse, Hugh K. Cassell Elementary, Augusta
Honorable Mention: Trouble in the Toilet by Emily Leary, Clymore Elementary, Augusta

Fifth Grade
First Place: Huskoo and the Whale by Nathan Christensen, Woodbridge
Honorable Mention: Maggie’s Epic Journey by Lacey Richardson, Highland Elementary, Monterey

The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest is held by numerous local PBS member stations for kids in K-5th grades who want to write and illustrate their own stories. The stories are judged on imagination, creativity, presentation, and artwork.  The WVPT sponsor for this community event is McDonald’s: A.P. Boxley Organization.

“Congratulations to all the children and their teachers from the schools who entered The Writers Contest,” said David Mullins, President and General Manager of WVPT. “In telling their stories, all participants demonstrated their unique talents and learned from the process.”

“It’s impressive to see the results of a contest that inspires so many children to create,” said Bly Brown, Education Specialist at WVPT. “These young authors are not only building literacy skills, but also expressing and sharing their ideas with others. It’s a learning tool with so many benefits.”