Eight, Arizona PBS honors winners of 2015 PBS Kids writing contest
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Eight, Arizona PBS honors winners of 2015 PBS Kids writing contest

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Leonardo Valencia's "We're Going To Visit My Grandma"

Eight, Arizona PBS is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 PBS KIDS Writing Contest, a national-local competition for kindergarten through third grade that encourages students to enhance their reading skills through practical, hands-on learning.

The contest, produced by PBS, WNED-TV-, in Buffalo/Toronto and Eight, Arizona PBS, invited children to utilize their writing skills, creativity and imaginations to write and illustrate a short story with the chance to win prizes and have their work published on the official Eight- Educational Outreach site.

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Preston Berg’s “The Eater of Balls”

First, second, and third place winners will be awarded prizes at a special ceremony in July at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism on the Downtown Phoenix campus at Arizona State University.

The ceremony will double as a writing workshop for the aspiring writers, as they will have the opportunity to work with acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator, Nate Evans.

Evans will engage the winners in an educational conversation about the writing process and provide them with invaluable tips for storytelling and how to draw striking illustrations.

“We had so many wonderful entries in this year’s contest,” said Kim Flack, Associate General Manager for Educational Outreach at Eight, Arizona PBS.

“I want to congratulate every student who entered the contest because all of our participants produced wonderful work that deserves to be celebrated,” Flack said. “Our writing contest is designed to help students further develop their reading and writing abilities and I think we accomplished that goal.”

First place winners will be entered into the national PBS KIDS Writing Contest and have the opportunity to win more prizes and higher honors. The winners of the national contest will have their work published on the official PBS KIDS website.

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Ranganathan Divyasri Kasthuri’s “My First Victory”

We would like to extend a special thank you to the board members of Valley of the Sun Association for the Education of Young Children for serving as volunteer judges.

The 2015 Arizona PBS KIDS Writing Contest winners are:



1st Place – Leonardo Valencia – We’re Going to Visit My Grandma, Encanto Elementary in Phoenix

2nd Place – Surabhi Saroha – Friendship Cookies, in Chandler

3rd Place – Abhiram Chennareddygari – How Many Eggs in the Nest?, in Phoenix


First Grade:

1st Place – Preston Berg – The Eater of Balls, in Chandler

2nd Place – Nika Adam – Mousey Mouse, Desert Sun Academy in Scottsdale

3rd Place – Leo Vingelli – Connor’s Awesome Arcade, in Scottsdale


Second Grade:

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Surbhi Chandak’s “The Adventures of Cheesy and Pipsqueak”

1st Place Surbhi Chandak – The Adventures of Cheesy and Pipsqueak, Fireside Elementary in Phoenix

2nd Place – Eleonora Demarco – Ogil and the Giant Robot, in Gilbert

3rd Place – Liam Allan– The Magical 500, in Scottsdale


Third Grade:

1st Place – Ranganathan Divyasri Kasthuri – My First Victory, in Tempe

2nd Place – Alexander Huang – The Adventures of Wither Willy, in Chandler

3rd Place – Vedika Dhingra – Mary’s Adventure, Bright Beginnings School in Chandler


About Eight, Arizona PBS

Eight, Arizona PBS is a trusted community resource. For over 52 years, the PBS station has focused on educating children, reporting in-depth on public affairs, fostering lifelong learning and celebrating arts and culture.

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Leonardo Valencia’s “We’re Going to Visit My Grandma”

Eight achieves its mission through the power of non-commercial television, the Internet, educational outreach and community-based initiatives.

Its signal reaches 80 percent of the homes in Arizona. With more than 1 million viewers weekly, Eight consistently ranks among the most-viewed public television stations per capita in the country.

For more information, visit www.azpbs.org. Eight is a member-supported community service of Arizona State University and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.