The judging is finished, and we've named the winners of the WHRO Young Storytellers Contest. This year, we received more than 350 entries from local students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Students wrote stories that were fact, fiction, poetry, or prose. Stories were judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling, and integration of illustrations, and one first-place and one second-place winner were chosen from each grade level.

Join us on Sunday, May 27 at 4:00 p.m. to watch the awards show. During this special event, each child is honored at a special reception and is recorded in the WHRO television studio reading their winning entry. Tune in on WHRO TV 15.1 to watch!

2018 WHRO Young Storytellers


Abagail Gaige  

“Big Ant Destroys”

Achilles Elementary, Hayes

First Grade

Mahika Kapoor

“Wendy Waffle Goes to Breakfast School”

Cape Henry, Virginia Beach

Second Grade

William Halton

“George’s Adventure”

Hermitage Elementary, Virginia Beach

Third Grade

Grayson Hinsch

“Plants v/s Cheese Balls- It’s About Time”

Larchmont Elementary, Norfolk 

Fourth Grade

Chelsea Espada

“The Kindness Tree”

Riverside Elementary, Newport News

Fifth Grade

Ryann Flournoy

“My One Chance”

Occohannock Elementary, Exmore


Environmental Story First Place Winners


McKinley Meeder

“The Rainbow Fossil”

Great Bridge Presbyterian, Chesapeake

First Grade

Elyza Julian

“A Scary Bird In The Jungle”

Portsmouth Catholic, Portsmouth          

Second Grade

Adam Putthoff

“Owl Learns To Recycle”

Portsmouth Catholic, Portsmouth

Third Grade

Gabriella Chambers

“Alone In The Fire”

Larchmont Elementary, Norfolk

Fourth Grade: Two First Place Winners!

Karma Robinson

“Adventures Of Jena and Darick…Frostbite And The Global Warmer”

Kiptopeke Elementary, Cape Charles

Eli Casey

“My Plan To Save The Earth”

Homeschooled, Norfolk

Fifth Grade

Victoria Luna


Hermitage Elementary, Virginia Beach