Did you know that WHRO Public Media sponsors several annual competitions that allow students to develop hands-on skills and celebrate their successes?

The WHRO Young Storytellers Contest is a writers contest for students in grades K-5. Participants are asked to submit original stories that they wrote and illustrated. Each year we receive numerous excellent and creative stories. Once winners are chosen, we honor them with a special awards ceremony and display their stories throughout our building. The contest is underway now. Submit your entry by March 27 at 5 p.m. Learn how to enter. 

In February, WHRO Public Media partners with The Virginian-Pilot to host the the Virginia Media Spelling Bee in our studio where the area’s finest middle school spellers compete for the opportunity to advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. It’s always a nail-biting experience—especially for the students’ nervous parents! You can tune in for the excitment on February 29 on WHRO TV 15. Watch past spelling bees.

In the spring, The Great Computer Challenge kicks off for students in grades K-12. The competition is an opportunity for young scholars to demonstrate their knowledge of various computer applications and programming skills in categories ranging from desktop publishing and web design to music composition and video editing. This year, our senior competition (grades 6-12) will be held on March 7, and our junior competition (grades K-5) will be held on May 2. We are still looking for volunteers for this year's events! Learn how you can help.

We always see incredible talent from our young competitors. We are looking forward to an exciting spring!