Nebraska Public Media Contest Honors Young Nebraskans for Writing Skills

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Nebraska Public Media Contest Honors Young Nebraskans for Writing Skills

LINCOLN, Neb. (June 4, 2021) – 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 2021 Nebraska Public Media PBS KIDS Writers Contest.

More than 200 entries from 57 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. Second and third places winners receive a PBS KIDS prize package.


First – “The Adventures of Squirrel, Badger and Porcupine” by Hannah Kolarik, Papillion

Second – “The Day the Dolphins Looked for Food” by Rowan Young, Omaha

Third – “The Problem in the Pyramid” by Ava Crotty, Auburn

First Grade:

First – “Rose the Mascot” by Emma Wulf, Omaha

Second – “Toad and the Gold Coins” by Brooks Augustus, La Vista

Third – “The Mystery of the Missing Mom and Dad” by Ellie Porter, Columbus

Second Grade:

First – “An Unforgettable Adventure” by Emelia Howell, Bennington

Second – “Clean Park to Help Animals” by Sophia Mateo, Lincoln

Third – “The Friendly Cheetah” by Kinzie Belsky, Gretna

Third Grade:

First – “The Lion and the Deer: A Story of Misunderstandings, Beautiful Places and Skunk Holes” by Maya Alexander, Omaha

Second – “Mia’s Great Pearl Adventure” by Xylia Golden, Papillion

Third – “Yesterday’s Future” by Natalie Wiegert, Gretna

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