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MPB celebrates PBS KIDS Writers Contest Winners
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Each spring, MPB participates in the nation-wide PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Students from kindergarten to third grade are encouraged to write, illustrate and submit their own original stories. Stories go through two rounds of judging before the most creative and unique stories are chosen as the first, second and third place winners. First place winners automatically go on to the national PBS KIDS Writers Contest to compete against other student writers.

We were happy to host a celebration for our winners on Friday, June 5. Students and their families were invited to the station for a party just for them. Each of the talented chidren recieved a gift basket, medal and certificate ackowledging their skills. They also got to enjoy lunch with a build-your-own sundae station! 

Afterwards, students attended a reception and were also given an opportunity to record their stories for posterity. The recordings of these stories will be sent home to the families for them to keep.

Congratulations again to all of the winners! We are so proud of you!

Covers of the Winning Stories >>

Kindergarten Winners:

1st place - Corey Burns (Iuka), “Barney, Buzzy, and Friends: The Cold”

2nd place - Alijah Edwards (Magee), “My Daddy”

3rd place - GraceAnne Bradford (Florence), “The Tree Party”

First Grade Winners:

1st place - Hayes Gabler (Summit), “Godzilla and his Kitten”

2nd place - Nicholas Sivak (Jackson), “Mystery of the Missing Cousin”

3rd place - William Gatson (Tchula), “Fast Cars”

Second Grade Winners:

1st place - Peyton Rainer (Vicksburg), “Chef Peyton and the Magical Apron”

2nd place - Laylah Wall (Lucedale), “Milly the Mermaid”

3rd place - Jonah Anderson (Lumberton), “The Mysterious Cave”  

Third Grade Winners:

1st place - Antonio Mendez (Biloxi), “Waterman and the Missing Fire Armor”

2nd place - Leah Steen (Olive Branch), “Circus”

3rd place - Cheyenne Edmond (Biloxi), “Carrot’s Day”