Congratulations to the winners of GPB's annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest! These winners were among hundreds of K-3 students in Georgia who participated in the 2022 PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Students submitted original, illustrated stories for the chance to win prizes and be featured on GPB's website. 

A first, second, and third place winner was selected for each grade. Each grade level also had a STEAM winner--ones that best incorporated science, technology, engineering, arts, or mathematics. 

An awards ceremony was held on Saturday, June 25th at GPB's headquarters. During the ceremony, winners and their families enjoyed a visit from Arthur, learned about pollinators with special guest author and PBS KIDS Early Learning Champion, Andrea Zoppo (Miss Ladybug), and got to record their award-winning stories in our GPB radio studios.

Listen to all the stories here

Kindergarten Winners:
1st Place - The Community Garden, by Evan Brown (LaGrange, GA)
2nd Place - Little Ben – The Big Hitter, by Aadit Ochani (Marietta, GA)
3rd Place - Sparkle Heart Does Ballet, by Olivia Dexter (Rome, GA)
STEAM Winner - My Super Storm, by Shankar Belagaje (Marietta, GA)

kindergarten winners 2022 writers contest

L to R: Evan Brown (1st Place), Aadit Ochani (2nd Place), Olivia Dexter (3rd Place) Not pictured: Shankar Belagaje (STEAM)

1st Grade Winners:
1st Place - The Honey, by Jack Workman (Newnan, GA)
2nd Place - Magical Friends, by Avery Wu (Statesboro, GA)
3rd Place - The Pine Tree, by Lawson Brown (Savannah, GA)
STEAM Winner - My Future, by Hewen Li (Cumming, GA)

1st grade winners 2022 writers contest

L to R: Hewen Li (STEAM), Jack Workman (1st Place) not pictured: Avery Wu (2nd Place), Lawson Brown (3rd Place)

2nd Grade Winners:
1st Place - Cloudy Day, by Jacob Choi (Buford, GA)
2nd Place - The Bad Hurricane, by Yazmine Gonzalez (Clayton, GA)
3rd Place - The Shrink-ray Pets, by Laila Ellis (Athens, GA)
STEAM Winner - Operation PEMDAS, by Greyson Lee (Mableton, GA)

2nd grade winners 2022 writers contest

L to R: Jacob Choi (1st Place), Laila Ellis (3rd Place), Greyson Lee (STEAM), Yazmine Gonzalez (2nd Place)

3rd Grade Winners:
1st Place - Rubye and the Magical Bridge, by Jennah Byrd (Riverdale, GA)
2nd Place - Once Upon a Dream…, by Aarav Dharmaraj (Pooler, GA)
3rd Place - The Motorcycle Dilemma, by Drew Brown (LaGrange, GA)
STEAM Winner - Adaptions, by Kaitlyn Gaulding (Peachtree Corners, GA)

3rd grade winners 2022 writers contest

L to R: Aarav Dharmaraj (2nd Place), Drew Brown (3rd Place), Jennah Byrd (1st Place) not pictured: Kaitlyn Gaulding (STEAM)

For more information on GPB's PBS KIDS Writers Contest, go to The next contest will kick off in January 2023. The contest is made possible with generous support from Steve Kuranoff.