Front row from left to right: Declan Coakley, Ashlan Foster, Jocelyn Widrick, Olivia Lehman

Back row from left to right: Kadence Millard, Kaylyn Parker, Camron Hodge, Gabriel Cooper, Hazel Maitland, Jaslene Williams

 Watertown, NY- June 1, 2017 –WPBS-TV announced the winners from the annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest, www.wpbstv.org/writerscontest, designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning.  The Contest empowers children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity and build literacy skills by writing and illustrating their very own stories.

“WPBS-TV is committed to providing fun opportunities for the North Country area kids to express their creativity,” said Heather O’Hara, Outreach Manager of WPBS-TV.  “The PBS KIDS Writers Contest helps the North Country children build valuable literacy skills for success in school and life.”

An Awards Ceremony was held at WPBS-TV’s Community Room, Tuesday, May 30th, honoring the winners of this year’s Writers Contest.  The ceremony included a video montage of the children reading their stories, presentation of certificates and a prize pack.  The evening ended with refreshments and cake.  The winners are listed below:


1st – Olivia Lehman – “Kittens’ Day Out”

First Grade

1st – Declan Coakley – “The Most Awesome Save Ever”

2nd –Ashlan Foster – “The Rollercoaster”

Second Grade

1st– Kaylyn Parker – “The Fox That Wasn’t Shy”

2nd – Gabriel Cooper – “The Famous Tiger”

3rd– Jaslene Williams – “The Friendly Panther”

Third Grade

1st – Jocelyn Widrick – “OH-PUH”

1st – Hazel Maitland – “The Brick House Across The Road!”

2nd – Kadence Millard – “Rosie and Jack”

3rd – Camron Hodge – “The Reindeer”

WPBS-TV is a non-profit public television station serving approximately 650,000 households throughout Northern New York and Eastern Ontario. WPBS-TV’s mission is to educate, entertain and inform our two-nation audience through superior local and national content and media engagement in order to enhance the lives of those it serves.  More information about WPBS is available at www.wpbstv.org, or by following WPBS on Twitter and Facebook.

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