Meet the local winners of the
2013 PBS Kids GO! Writers Contest

The winners for the PBS39 Region of the 2013 PBS Kids GO! Writers Contest were judged
on Thursday, May 2 at PBS39.

Below are pictures of each of the winner's stories in each grade category; the talented young artists and writers who placed second and third out of all the stories submitted in our region are also listed below by name, hometown and story title.

Click on the story image to view the winning story as a PDF file.


First Place: Owen Follis, Huntington, Indiana
How To Build A Treehouse
"How To Build A Treehouse"

Second Place:
Emma McCollough, Auburn, Indiana
"Princess Emma Saves The Day"

Third Place:
Kane Sturwold, Berne, Indiana
"Oreo Magic"


First Grade

First Place: Joey Rastrelli, Warsaw, Indiana
If I Had Two Kittens
"If I Had Two Kittens"

Second Place:
Anna Chrisman, Berne, Indiana
"The Magic In The Irish Shoes"

Third Place:
(Tie) Amelia Porter, Columbia City, Indiana
"Jonathan's Pancake Party"

(Tie) Meredith Colpaert, Berne, Indiana
"Snappy And His BFF (Best Frog Forever)"

Second Grade

First Place: Jessa Caffee, Berne, Indiana
Desserts, Desserts and More Desserts
"Desserts, Desserts and more Desserts!"

Second Place:
McKayla Adair, Columbia City, Indiana
"Rosabell's Orphange Surprise"

Third Place:
Brooklyn Bixler, Berne, Indiana
"Be Happy All Year Long"


Third Grade

First Place: Lily Macdonald, Berne, Indiana
Mika and Yenny Superheroes
"Mika and Yenny Super Heroes"

Second Place:
Emily Mullett, Columbia City, Indiana
"The Sleepover"

Third Place:
(Tie) Madison Herstad, Markle, Indiana
"The Adventures of Princess Bubbles"

(Tie) Thomas Musser, Hudson, IN
"The Perfect Day"


The winning stories have been sent on to be judged against stories submitted from across America at the national level. The national winners are expected to be announced sometime in August.

Locally, the following area libraries and classrooms participated in the 2013 contest:


Allen County Public Library-DUPONT BRANCH
Allen County Public Library-GEORGETOWN BRANCH
Allen County Public Library-GRABILL BRANCH
Allen County Public Library-MAIN BRANCH
Allen County Public Library-NEW HAVEN BRANCH
Allen County Public Library-WOODBURN BRANCH

Adams Public Library (Decatur, IN)
Berne Public Library, Berne, IN
Defiance Public Library, Defiance, OH
Eckhart Public Library, Auburn, IN
Geneva Branch, Adams Public Library System, Geneva, IN
North Manchester Public Library, North Manchester, IN
Huntington City-Township Public Library-Huntington, IN
Huntington City Township Public Library-Markle, IN
Kendallville Public Library, Kendallville, IN
Peabody Public Library, Columbia City, IN
Warsaw Community Library, Warsaw, IN
Wells County Public Library, Main Branch, Bluffton, IN
Waterloo-Grant Township Public Library, Waterloo, IN

Schools participating and submitting entries were:

South Adams Elementary School, Berne, IN
Willowbrook Day School, Fort Wayne, IN

A word of thanks...

Since the cancellation of Reading Rainbow in 2009, the future of this contest was not assured until PBS and PBSKidsGo! stepped up to renew this tradition of creativity, expression and fun for thousands of kids across the country, and all the PBS kids in our viewing area.

This year's contest is made possible, locally, through the gracious support of the
Lincoln Financial Group Foundation Logo

Ask your local library or classroom to participate in next year's contest.

If you are a librarian or teacher in grades K-3 who would like to participate, learn more about this contest or consider holding a workshop for kids in your area,, please email
Mark Ryan, PBS39 Creative Services Manager at