Contest Honors Young Nebraskans for Writing Skills

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For Immediate Release

Nebraska Public Media Contest Honors Young Nebraskans for Writing Skills

LINCOLN, Neb. (June 9, 2022) – Everyone has a story to tell. Nebraska Public Media is recognizing a dozen young authors for using their creative writing skills to tell their stories. They are winners in the 2022 Nebraska Public Media PBS KIDS Writers Contest.

More than 140 entries from 30 Nebraska towns came from students in kindergarten through third grade. The original works included illustrations. First place winners in each grade level will receive an iPad plus a PBS KIDS prize package. Second and third place winners at each grade level will receive a PBS KIDS prize package.

Animated versions of the first place stories from each grade level are available to watch at


First – “How Mingo Changed the World” by Jocelyn Morford, Ashland

Second – “The Rainbow Crayons” by Zella Thornburg, Pickrell

Third – “Bobby Bee” by Phoebe Williams, Broken Bow

First Grade

First – “Ruby and the Big Race” by Tessa Clements, Kearney

Second – “A Leprechaun named Max” by Josephine Laughlin, Omaha

Third – “The Darkness” by Adeline Hartman, Dixon

Second Grade

First – “Hawk, Mouse, and Snake: a Story of Misunderstanding and Friendship” by Mina Thomas, Lincoln

Second – “Floating Furniture and the Flood” by Jillian Morford, Ashland

Third – “A Good Goalie” by Henry Gonnerman, Lincoln

Third Grade

First – “Lights, Camera, the Amazon!” by Emelia Howell, Bennington

Second – “The Arrogant Tree” by Mathias Hatch-Tocaimaza, Omaha

Third – “The Adventures of Minty and Carrie” by Aspen Nielsen, Cairo

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