Neighbors Digest

Posted: Friday, April 16, 2004

Contest honors young writers, artists

Young authors and illustrators in kindergarten through third grade recently participated in the 10th Annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators contest. Sponsored by KTOO-TV/Alaska One in cooperation with the nationally acclaimed PBS children's series, Reading Rainbow, the contest encourages young children to write and illustrate their own stories.

Judges were noted authors and illustrators of children's books, Jean Rogers and Jim Fowler.

At a ceremony and reception held at KTOO in Juneau, the first lady of Alaska, Nancy Murkowski, presented the five Juneau winners with their awards as well as prizes donated by Hearthside Books and the Alaska State Museum. Murkowski called all out-of-town winners and congratulated them personally as well. She had read each story and commented to the children about how much she enjoyed their imaginative work.

Winners included:

Kindergarten - first place, Stony Yanuchi, "My Brother Has Autism" of Healy; second place, Noah Furneri, "Noah Gets a Pet" of Juneau; third place, Noah Spengler, "The Worm and his Adventures" of Juneau; honorable mentions went to Mollie Korngiebel of Sitka; Elias Antaya of Sitka; Miles Chadwick of Sitka; and Matthew Reinhard of Fairbanks.

First Grade - first place, Robert Newman, "Robert's Fantastic Made-Up Dinosaurs" of Juneau; second place, Justice Lysons, "The Super Lysons Family" of Sitka; third place, Hallie Korngiebel, "Alaska" of Sitka; honorable mentions went to George Howard of Sitka; Galen Augustus of Sitka; Robert Brown of Sitka; Gavin Holder of Sitka; and Beverly A. Chartland of Sitka.

Second Grade - first place, Rhys Coffee, "Arthur the Traveling Toucan" of Juneau; second place, Max Delzer, "The Little Star that became a Shooting Star" of Fairbanks; third place, Quinn Reinhard, "When I was Little" of Fairbanks; and honorable mention went to Shelby Lee of Juneau.

Third Grade - first place, Tiernan Skye O'Malley, "Gertie the Gecko goes to Mexico" of Chignik Lake; second place, Shaylee Rizzo, "The Cockatoo who Meets a Friend" of Kenai; third place, Galen Wright, "The Fire that Made the Sun" of Juneau

This year KTOO-TV/Alaska One received more than 70 entries from all over Alaska including Juneau, Fairbanks, Metlakatla and North Pole. Local contest winners will advance to a national competition. Noted children's book authors, illustrators, publishers, educators, and representatives from such organizations as the American Library Association and the National Council of Teachers of English make up the panel of national judges, who evaluate the entries and select the winners. National winners have not yet been announced.

Learn how to continue connections

The Juneau School District and Juneau-Douglas High School are sponsoring a two-day free training session for teachers, students, and community members on how to structure continuing connections programs.

Carol Leiber, a consultant from Chicago who works with schools across the country, will be leading the workshops on Saturday, April 24 and Monday, April 26. Space is limited and participants are expected to be involved both days.

Those interested in helping develop positive connections among students should contact teacher Kristin Garot at 523-1525 for more information.

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