In May, we will welcome twelve of the area's most creative young minds into our studio for the 2014 WHRO Young Storytellers Awards, an event that congratulates local children for writing and illustrating their own original stories and submitting them in the PBS Kids Writers Contest.

This year, we received over 300 entries from local students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Their stories could have been fact or fiction, poetry or prose. They were judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of illustrations, and one first and second place winner were chosen from each grade level.

Our winners stretched their imaginations to come up with stories about everything from sneaky dogs, to compassionate cats, to friendly leprechauns, to ferocious dragons. In My Leprechaun Friends, Lorie Henry from Sewells Point Elementary sets out to trap a leprechaun, and she ends up catching a whole new group of friends.

First grade winner, Preston Mullins, wrote The Adventures of Mappy, where Mappy (a paper map of South America) is desperate to visit the other continents. After failed attempts to tunnel through the ground and fly on a paper plane, Mappy discovers that he can float on water, and he happily floats along while traveling the world.

All of our winners and their families will attend the Young Storytellers Awards Ceremony, where each child is honored at a special reception and interviewed in the WHRO television studio about their winning entry, and you can watch these creative tales presented in a Young Storytellers Special on WHRO-TV on Sunday, May 25th at 4:00 p.m.

Learn more about our writers contest and this year's winners on the WHRO Education website!

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