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July 29, 2013

George Hazimanolis


PITTSBURGH –For the second consecutive year, two local Writers Contest winners have placed nationally in the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest.

Haruka Doi, 7 of Pittsburgh was awarded first-place in the second grade category, the first WQED winner to be awarded first place nationally in Contest history. Cricket Branstrom, 7 of Russell came in third-place for first grade winners. Haruka will receive an Apple iPad mini and Cricket will receive an Apple iPod from PBS KIDS while both of their stories will be featured in rotation throughout the year at PBS.org.

Haruka’s story, Willie and Hannah is about a woodpecker named Willie who, while waiting for his parents to bring food, meets Hannah, a red-tailed hawk who shares her berries with him. He becomes greedy and decides to get more on his own when he suddenly comes into danger. Will he survive? Will Hannah save him after he’s been so rude? Cricket’s story, Little Possom’s Big Adventure is about Josephine the possum, who gets carried away by butterflies to a pond and is helped by a variety of forest animals to get back to her mother…but was it a dream? Both Haruka’s and Cricket’s stories, along with all of WQED’s 2013 PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest local winners, can be viewed at writeonkids.org. All of WQED’s winners, including Cricket and Haruka, were recorded narrating their stories aloud by Saturday Light Brigade. Cricket’s story can be heard Saturday, August 24 at 11 a.m. and Haruka’s Saturday, August 31 at 11 a.m. at iqkidsradio.org.

“I think we can safely say these young girls have a future in storytelling,” says Jennifer Stancil, Executive Director of Educational Partnerships at WQED. “Cricket’s story has the wonderful rhythm that defies her age; Haruka’s story and illustrations remind me of early Eric Carle. They both are extraordinarily imaginative and talented.”

Both Cricket and Haruka were first-place winners for the local WQED PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest earlier this year, which received over 1700 entries. For the past 19 years, WQED has held a local Writers Contest where local first-place winners advanced to the national Contest for consideration. This is the second time WQED’s first-place winners have been recognized nationally; last year was the first.

Support for the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest at WQED for the past five years has been provided locally by EQT Corporation.

Twelve children total were selected as winners of the national PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest. The winning entries (first, second, and third place from grades K-3) for the Contest, managed by PBS member station WNED, were chosen from over thousands of submissions from 63 participating stations across the country. Winning entries in each of the Contest categories are featured at: PBSKIDS.org/writerscontest, and visitors to the Contest site will continue to have the opportunity to create “Story Mashups” with winning stories.

About WQED Pittsburgh
WQED Pittsburgh
has a proud history of honors, including 134 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. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world. 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 www.wqed.org/fm; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED’s Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).

About EQT Corporation
EQT Corporation
is an integrated energy company with emphasis on Appalachian area natural gas production, gathering, transmission, and distribution. EQT is the general partner and majority equity owner of EQT Midstream Partners, LP. With more than 120 years of experience, EQT continues to be a leader in the use of advanced horizontal drilling technology – designed to minimize the potential impact of drilling-related activities and reduce the overall environmental footprint. Through safe and responsible operations, the Company is committed to meeting the country’s growing demand for clean-burning energy, while continuing to provide a rewarding workplace and enrich the communities where its employees live and work. Company shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange as EQT. Visit EQT Corporation at www.EQT.com.

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, wvpubcast.org 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 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).

, 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 pbskids.org 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 pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

About Easy Student Publishing
Meet writing standards and motivate students using book-making tools and resources from Easy Student Publishing. With Classbook and Storybook options, free programs, online or mail-in production and expert resources, we have publishing solutions designed for educators. Enhance curriculum, support literacy and promote creativity. Every student can be a published author!

About Highlights for Children, Inc. (www.Highlights.com)
Devoted to "Fun with a Purpose," family media brand Highlights for Children, Inc. has helped children become their best selves for generations. Its flagship publication, Highlights magazine, the most recognizable and widely read children's magazine in the nation, has printed more than a billion copies. Other Highlights offerings include a version for younger children, High Five magazine; a new magazine for babies and their caregivers, Highlights Hello magazine; Highlights for Children book clubs; and mobile applications like My First Hidden Pictures. Highlights can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and at its blog for thoughtful parents, Highlights Aha. Corporate offices are in Columbus, Ohio, and editorial offices are in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Fun with a Purpose, Goofus and Gallant, and Hidden Pictures are trademarks of Highlights for Children, Inc.

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