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The 2005 READING RAINBOW Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.

The annual READING RAINBOW Young Writers and Illustrators Contest is designed to encourage a love of writing in young children.

To enter, students in Grades K-3 must write an original story and include original illustrations. An entry can take the form of a fiction
or nonfiction story, prose or poetry, accompanied by at least five original illustrations.


2005 Contest Winners From Albemarle, Augusta, Frederick, Page, Fluvanna and Rockingham Counties and Cities of Lexington and Harrisonburg :
On Thursday, May 5, at 3:30 p.m., WVPT-Virginia's Public Television
recognized 16 local children in Grades K-3 as winners of WVPT's 2005
READING RAINBOW
Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.
More than 300 stories were submitted from across
the WVPT viewing area for the 2005 contest.

Illustrator Margot Bergman and author Joanne Gabbin spoke at the reception about their collaboration on a children's book I Bet She Called Me Sugar Plum. The book is their testament to reflections on their own upbringings, the memories they cherish of their mothers, and the joy they have experienced as parents. Margot Bergman was born into an artistic family and has followed this path from an early age, making art and also teaching art and aesthetics at the university level. Joanne Gabbin is a published author and the editor of several poetry collections. She directs the Honors Program and the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University and owns the Franklin Street Gallery in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

The first-place stories were animated. They were read by local children: Sydney Barbato, Dakota Thomsen-Diggs and Mario Cruz. Two past winners served as judges this year: Forest Thomsen-Diggs, who received the first place award two years ago when he was in the third grade; and Carolyn Wakeman, who received the first place award last year when she was in the third grade. Additional judges came from the education community.

First Place Winners:
Kindergarten
Heidi Kim, "My Terrific Dreams"
Waddell Elementary, Lexington
First Grade
Chester Hunter, "Sea Serpent Surprise"
Virginia L. Murray Elementary, Albemarle County
Second Grade
Chance Masloff, "Kitten World"
Agnor-Hurt Elementary, Albemarle County
Third Grade
Leo Galindez, "The Big Surprise"
Luray Elementary, Page County

Second Place Winners:
Kindergarten
Kirsten Bauer, "Lexy, The Scuba Diving Cat"
Verona Elementary, Augusta County
First Grade
Nick Keen "Drigen's Day on Earth"
Virginia L. Murray Elementary, Albemarle County
Second Grade
Autumn Lam, "The Rose"
McGaheysville Elementary, Rockingham County
Third Grade
Leah Ruth, "Sally's Success"
Virginia L. Murray Elementary, Albemarle County


Third Place Winners:
Kindergarten

Katrina Gluch, "The Lonely Cloud"
Orchard View Elementary, Frederick County
First Grade
Channah Mills, "Being Scared!"
Virginia L. Murray Elementary, Albemarle County
Second Grade
Harrison Mines, "U and Me"
Waddell Elementary, Lexington
Third Grade
Mary Zook, "My Cat, Mouse"
Home Schooled, Harrisonburg

Honorable Mentions:
Kindergarten

Taylor Moore, "Best Friends"
Central Elementary, Fluvanna County
First Grade
A. Carter Williams, "Lucky Friends"
Virginia L. Murray Elementary, Albemarle County
Second Grade
Claire Namboodri, "A Magical Trip to the North Pole"
Agnor-Hurt Elementary School, Albemarle County
Third Grade
Chase Stokes, "The Glaring Gorilla"
Virginia L. Murray Elementary, Albemarle County

 
 
Winners
 
 
 

The Winners:
(front row, left to right)
Taylor Moore, Katrina Gluch, Harrison Mines, Kirsten Bauer, Heidi Kim, Chester Hunter, Nick Keen, Channah Mills, A. Carter Williams

(second row, left to right)
Chance Masloff, Autumn Lam, Claire Namboodri, Leo Galindez, Leah Ruth, Mary Zook, Chase Stokes

(back row, left to right)
Al Boxley, owner of McDonald's of Harrisonburg; Bert Schmidt, president and general manager of WVPT; author Joanne Gabbin and illustrator Margot Bergman



All contest entrants received a participation certificate signed by READING RAINBOW series host LeVar Burton. Each winner received prizes and recognition from WVPT. All first-place stories were animated in a video to be broadcast on WVPT in September. The first place winners' stories have been sent to the national READING RAINBOW Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.

For more information, call 540-434-5391 or 800-345-9878 and ask for Pat Marcus.