This past Saturday, GPB Education celebrated young writers in Georgia with our annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest awards ceremony. Students were awarded either first, second, or third place or given a STEAM award for their grade level. All 16 student winners attended the celebration with their families, friends, and some teachers, totaling nearly 80 people in attendance. Students were also able to record their original stories in GPB’s radio studio, participate in interactive storytelling, play educational games on iPads, and engage in other fun activities. 

The PBS KIDS Writers Contest encourages children in kindergarten through 3rd grade to submit original, illustrated stories for great prizes and a chance to be featured on the GPB website. The more than 300 entries received were judged by representatives from Georgia State University’s College of Education, Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Georgia Public Library Service, Georgia Department of Education, and Georgia Family Connection Partnership. 

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2019 GPB PBS KIDS Writers Contest Winners

STEAM Winners

Kindergarten - “My Snow Day” by Varsha Nataraj 

First grade - “The Tarantula and Leaf-Cutter Ants” by Vikhyat Konchada

Second grade - “Kit’s Discovery” by Riya Nambiar 

Third grade - “Farrous’ Big Adventure” by Elijah Paulus 


Kindergarten Winners

First place - “Inside My Mommy’s Body” by David Gomez 

Second place - “Firefighter and the Doctor” by Damia Williams

Third place - “When the Crocodile Got Eaten!” by Emily Anand


First Grade Winners

First place - “The Mystery of the Missing High Heels” by Ella Graddy

Second place - “The Confused One” by Orrin Maggiano

Third place - “Casey’s Mission” by Mina Bella Scruggs


Second Grade Winners 

First place - “Amber and the Cherry Disaster” by Maanya Agarwal

Second place - “Adventures of Squirrel Lady and Nut Boy: Pumpkin’s Revenge” by Matthew JuBeark

Third place - “The Girl, a Witch, and a Unicorn” by Summer Sapp


Third Grade Winners

First place - “The Space Adventure” by Timothy Makaroff 

Second place - “The Number Zero” by Randson Thompson

Third place - “Where Did the Palm Trees Go?” by Craig Collier


All student-recorded stories will soon be available on