Hollis student among writers contest winners

DURHAM – Escaping from school, a trip to Ethiopia, and battle for dominance between a pencil and an eraser were among the subjects of winning stories in the New Hampshire Public Television–PBS Kids Writers Contest.

More than 400 creative entries were received from children in kindergarten through third grade, and 80 stories were selected for recognition.

The contest encourages children to explore the power of creativity by writing and illustrating their own stories. It promotes reading skills through hands-on, active learning.

This is the 21st year NHPTV has hosted a writing and illustrating contest for children, and more than 11,000 children have participated over the years.

The top three in each division will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Saturday, June 13, at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, with New Hampshire author and storyteller Rebecca Rule as the guest speaker. The winners also will advance to the national PBS contest.

The winning stories were chosen by a panel of judges that included local educators and librarians. Winning stories are posted at nhptv.org/kidswrite.

First place

Kindergarten – “What If My Best Friend Was a Dog?” by Mackenzie S., Saco, Maine.

First Grade – “The Planet Police” by Mia L., Hampton.

Second Grade – “My Guatemala” by Eva F., Atkinson and Hampstead Academy.

Third Grade – “Escape From School” by Sebastian S., Saco.

Second place

Kindergarten – “Piggy and Pubm” by Hannah L., Wolfeboro.

First Grade – “The True Story of Meta in Ethiopia” by Meta D., Manchester.

Second Grade – “Rachel and the Trash Can” by Anuhya C., Hollis.

Third Grade – “These Are a Few of My Favorite Things!” by Aarika R., Nashua.

Third place

Kindergarten – “About the Tooth Fairy” by Nicholas D., Hampton.

First Grade – “My Trip to Space” by Kaiden Marie R., Concord.

Second Grade – “Hannah Returns Home” by Rakshitha G., Windham.

Third Grade – “Who is More Powerful: A Pencil or an Eraser?” by Om S., Natick, Mass.

Local children receiving honorable mention were:

Kindergarten – Annika G., Nashua.

First Grade – Sahishnu S., Nashua; Amelia H., Milford.

Second Grade – Alex B., Amherst; Saanvi A., Nashua; Charvi A., Hudson.

Third Grade – Kirthivarsha S., Nashua; Ella B., Amherst; Katie D., Amherst; Kiera D., Merrimack and Infant Jesus School, Nashua.

For more information, visit nhptv.org.