Prairie Public announces the 15th Annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest Regional Winners and Red Ribbon Favorites

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Category: Corporate

June 8, 2009. FARGO, N.D.—Magical markers, princesses losing and finding their way, and an ambitious fisherman are the subjects of the four stories that have been promoted to the national Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest. Prairie Public sponsors the annual writing contest, which encourages, rewards, and challenges children to create stories with their own words and illustrations.

Stories advancing to the national competition are “Markers” by Mickey Kenney of Fargo, N.D.; “The Fisherman” by Philip Wyganowski of Fargo, N.D.; “The Princess Story” by Marren Norberg of Fargo, N.D.; and “The Lost Princess” by Katie LeGare of Moorhead, M.N. These stories can be viewed on Prairie Public’s Web site at <> . National award recipients will be announced in July.

Other young authors and illustrators whose works were recognized as Red Ribbon Favorites include Eva Ridenhour, Bismarck, ND; Shania Martin, Anamoose, ND; Harper Wentz, Minot, ND; Samantha Pithey, Wahpeton, ND; Elyse Larson, Fargo, ND; Kenzie Carson, Walhalla, ND; Charlie Wentz, Minot, ND; and Mikaylee Bahl, Mohall, ND.

More than 200 young writers submitted their original stories to the contest, and all have received a Certificate of Achievement signed by “Reading Rainbow” host LeVar Burton in recognition of their achievements.

The contest evaluators, who provided positive written feedback to each writer, included Ashley Hanson, Early Risers Family Advocate, North Dakota State University; Sandra Ben-Haim, curator of education at the Plains Art Museum; and Genevieve Tougas, freelance writer and Prairie Public volunteer.

For more than 40 years, Prairie Public has supported the region through broadcast and technological services. Prairie Public is seen on KFME-DT13 Fargo, KBME-DT3 Bismarck, KSRE-DT6 Minot, KJRE-DT19 Ellendale, KCGE-DT16 Crookston, KDSE-DT9 Dickinson, KWSE-DT4 Williston, KMDE-DT25 Devils Lake, Winnipeg Cable Channel 3 and Brandon Cable Channel 2.

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