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Public Invited to Vote Online May 9 - 17 at to Choose Kid's Choice Winner

May 9, 2014

George Hazimanolis

Public Invited to Vote Online May 9 – 17 at to Choose Kid’s Choice Winner

PITTSBURGH – Finalists for the annual WQED PBS KIDS Writers Contest have been chosen.

Now it’s your turn to be the judge! You can help pick the Kid’s Choice Winner by going online to now through May 17 where finalists’ stories can be viewed. For the past five years, over 7,000 stories have been received from local students for the Contest made possible by local financial support from the EQT Foundation.

“WQED has made great strides in preparing students for the PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Through hands-on workshops, and yearlong literacy initiatives, four local winners have placed in the national Contest in the past two years. Now in our fifth year supporting the contest, EQT Foundation is proud to partner with WQED on this project which impacts more than 1,000 students annually,” said Ellen Donley, Community Relations and Event Manager, EQT.

This year’s finalists in no particular order include:

The Farting Walruses by Yul Choi of Pittsburgh, PA
A Day in Sugarland by Bella Coleman of Gibsonia, PA
The Girl Who Loved Noodles by Maeve Kotula of Washington, PA
Grandpa Pig’s Pizza by Nikolai Nawrocki of Wayne, PA

The Tooth That Just Wouldn’t Wiggle by Elizabeth Crossan of McMurray, PA
Lia’s Super Happy Move by Lia Kim of Pittsburgh, PA
Animan to the Rescue by Ryan Watterson of Venetia, PA
The Butterfly Who Had Bling by Marielle Wilson of Irwin, PA

Mr. Docker’s New Friend by Brooklyn Eastly of Gibsonia, PA
Lopsha and The Trail of Tears by Eva Lutz of Imperial, PA
The Bird Who Needed Glasses by Delaney Reddinger of Evans City, PA
Seeds from Space by Connor Smith of Pittsburgh, PA

The Talking Coat by Lina Fu of Allison Park, PA
The Mysterious Person by Tai Kamitani of Allison Park, PA
The Adventures of Bobby Bookerman by Austin Malley of Venetia, PA
Trying is Wonderful by Sarah White of Gibsonia, PA

Local winners will be announced at the Winners Celebration on Sunday, May 18 at WQED’s Fred Rogers Studio and awarded prizes including the opportunity to record their winning story. Their recordings will be broadcast on and featured on Saturday Light Brigade (SLB) Radio in the summer of 2014. The local winners will then be entered into the national contest where a panel of esteemed judges will rank the top 12 entries.

National winners will be announced during the summer of 2014 and the winning stories will be featured on

The national winners will receive prizes courtesy of national prizing sponsor, LeapFrog®, makers of the LeapReader® Reading & Writing System. The contest is also made possible through national promotional support from Highlights for Children®. The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is produced by PBS and based on the Reading Rainbow® Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, a concept developed by WNED-TV, Buffalo. For two consecutive years (2012 and 2013), four students from WQED’s regional contest were recognized as winners in the national Contest including three second place winners and one first place winner. To learn more about these and all of WQED’s past winners click here.

The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. Partnering with WQED Pittsburgh this year are Penn State Public Broadcasting (WPSU) which serves central Pennsylvania, West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB) and for the first time, witf which serves Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Contest, made possible by local financial support from the EQT Foundation empowers children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity and build literacy skills by writing and illustrating their very own stories.

About WQED Pittsburgh
WQED Pittsburgh has a proud history of honors, including 140 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including two Emmy® Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. WQED changes lives by creating and sharing outstanding public media that educates, entertains and inspires. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive ( and iQ: smartmedia, WQED’s Educational initiative (

About The EQT Foundation
EQT and the EQT Foundation are committed to the social and economic vitality of our operating regions. For the past decade, the EQT Foundation has made a difference by supporting local programs and initiatives that involve education, community and economic development, the arts, and the environment. Together with a variety of non-profit organizations, the EQT Foundation develops strong partnerships that enrich the diversity and viability of our communities, sustain the principles of continuous learning, and focus on environmental protection efforts.

About Penn State Public Broadcasting

Penn State Public Broadcasting serves central Pennsylvania with programming, educational services and community outreach. Its public media services produce, acquire and distribute programs that address local interests and reflect the diverse cultural, political, geographic and demographic characteristics of an audience within central Pennsylvania.

About West Virginia Public Broadcasting
West Virginia Public Broadcasting
nurtures personal growth, promotes civic responsibility and inspires lifelong discovery through high-quality programming and services. West Virginia Public Radio, West Virginia PBS, and Ready To Learn® are all services of West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

The Friends of West Virginia Public Broadcasting is a 501(c)3 organization responsible for receiving donated funds from individuals for annual membership to West Virginia Public Broadcasting. Friends serve as ambassadors in their communities on behalf of West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

All of the licenses for West Virginia Public Broadcasting are held by the West Virginia Educational Broadcasting Authority, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, Kay Goodwin, Secretary.

About WITF
Based in Harrisburg, witf is a trusted, valued supplier of programs and services that both satisfy and stimulate curiosity for residents in every community in the central Pennsylvania region. witf broadcast services reach audiences in over 17 counties in central Pennsylvania. The company comprises public broadcasting stations witf TV, witf 89.5 & 93.3, the RadioPA Network ,, witf Educational Services, Top Flight Media, Media Solutions and regional magazine Central PA (published by The Patriot-News in an association with witf). witf’s mission is to strengthen our communities by connecting us to each other and to opportunities for lifelong learning. Its vision is engaging minds, enriching lives, uniquely.

About Saturday Light Brigade
SLB Radio Productions, Inc.
(SLB) uses radio and audio to encourage, amplify, share and archive the ideas, stories, and feelings of children, youth and families. SLB believes in radio and audio because these technologies enable a sense of intimacy, engagement and self-directed imagination that is often lacking in other media, while also promoting opportunities for privacy (given that children need not be photographed), equal access (audio has fewer barriers for participation than other media), and sharpening of important life skills (i.e., speaking and listening, imagination, creative expression, and critical thinking, respect for others, confidence and cooperation, and technical curiosity).

PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online, mobile and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning provides engaging interactive content, including the PBS KIDS video player, now offering free streaming video accessible on computer- and mobile-device-based browsers. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

About WNED
Through WNED-TV, ThinkBright and Well/WORLD TV, WBFO-FM 88.7 and Classical 94.5 WNED, member-supported WNED Buffalo/Toronto provides high quality programming and services to local, regional and national audiences that enlighten, inspire, entertain and educate Western New York and Southern Ontario communities. Additional information about WNED can be found at

About LeapFrog
LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc.
is the leader in educational entertainment for children. For nearly 20 years, LeapFrog has created award-winning learning solutions that combine educational expertise, innovative technology and a child's love for fun. With experiences that are personalized to each child's level, LeapFrog helps children achieve their potential through LeapFrog's proprietary learning tablets, learn to read and write systems, interactive learning toys and more, all designed or approved by LeapFrog's full-time in-house team of learning experts. LeapFrog's Learning Path, the ultimate guide for parents on early childhood, is designed specifically to help support and guide their child's learning with personalized ideas and feedback, fun activities and expert advice. LeapFrog is based in Emeryville, California, and was founded in 1995 by a father who revolutionized technology-based learning solutions to help his child learn how to read. Learn more at

About Highlights for Children, Inc. (
Devoted to "Fun with a Purpose," family media brand Highlights for Children, Inc. ( has helped children become their best selves for generations. Highlights magazines are the best-read children’s magazines in North America, and total more than 250 million impressions each year. In addition to the flagship magazine, Highlights’ other offerings include a preschool magazine (High Five), an infant and toddler magazine (Hello), a children’s book company (Boyds Mills Press), puzzle book clubs and a variety of digital products. Highlights can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and at its blog, Highlights Aha!

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