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WTVP Is Proud to Announce 12 Winners and 2 Honorable Mentions in the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest.

A mysterious and frightening feline holds the neighborhood in suspense. A collection of silly garden gnomes comes to life to wreak havoc on their household. A walk through the year from spring rains to playing in the snow. New friends who are "helping the world become a better place one idea at a time."

These are just a few of the award-winning stories written by Central Illinois students for WTVPís "PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest." The station is pleased to announce the following winners and their stories.


Congratulations to Meriah!

Meriah Nicole Fearon, a Peoria grade-schooler, has won First Place in the First Grade category at the national level of the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest!

Meriahís magnificently illustrated story, "Naughty Gnomes," is a delightful rhymed tale of the misadventures of a group of garden gnomes that come to life when no oneís looking. The story was inspired by her sisterís extensive gnome collection, and her fantastic artistic ability is, no doubt, inherited from her mother, an artist and art teacher herself

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First Place Winners


"The Four Seasons"

Rohan Nagaraj

Dunlap, Illinois

First Grade

2010 National Winner!

[National Website]

"Naughty Gnomes"

Meriah Nicole Fearon

Peoria, Illinois

Second Grade

"The Black Cat"

Hannah Grace Hicks

Mapleton, Illinois

Third Grade

"The New Kidís Club"

Luke Stidman

Morton, Illinois


Second Place Winners


"Tigers Are Nice"

Simone Bates

Dunlap, Illinois

First Grade

"The Rhyme Crime"

Alyssa Bivens

Bartonville, Illinois

Second Grade

"Summer Dogs"

Sidney Ropp

Pekin, Illinois

Third Grade

"Sleepwalking Trouble"

Evan Glad

Canton, Illinois


Third Place Winners


"The Alligator Ate the Dinosaur"

Tanner Hahn

Peoria, Illinois

First Grade

"Bennyís Grades"

Simah Riaz

Lombard, Illinois

Second Grade

"Exploring the World"

Elizabeth Mueller

Metamora, Illinois

Third Grade

"Hot Dogginí Bob"

Steven Blunier III

Metamora, Illinois


Honorable Mentions

Second Grade

"Willís Animal Rescue"

Will Cisco

Princeville, Illinois

Third Grade

"The Mystery Twins"

Ashley Simmons

Creve Coeur, Illinois



The first place winning stories have advanced to the national competition where they will compete with stories from other PBS stations from all over the United States and its territories. National winners will be announced this summer. Local prizes will be awarded during a winnersí celebration in the WTVP Studio later this month.

WTVP congratulates all the entrants for their excellent stories! And thanks to Ms. Bensonís students at Little Friends Learning Center in Peoria and Ms. Stickelmaierís students at Metamora Grade School for making us your class project!

There are lots more opportunities to share your stories, drawings and ideas every day at And check back next year for another contest and your chance at more fabulous prizes!

 Take a look at winning stories from previous years on the following pages:  [2005]  [2006]  [2007]  [2008]  [2009]

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