Press Releases


June 17, 2014

Out of 486 entries from across its viewing area, Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) has announced the 22 winners of the 2014 PBS KIDS Writers Contest, a competition for children in kindergarten through grade three.

The first place entries in each grade level have been submitted to the contest's national level, where they will compete for a variety of prizes including a tablet computer, e-readers and MP3 players. Local winners will receive gift certificates to an electronics store, a book store, or local arts supply store - Artist and Display.

2014 marks the 20th year that MPTV has hosted the PBS Kids Writers Contest. The Contest helps MPTV fulfill its mission of encouraging the imagination of its young viewers and providing educational opportunities. The Contest is designed to promote hands-on, active learning and offers children an opportunity to build critical literacy skills by creating their own stories.

An MPTV awards reception will be held for the recipients on June 25 at the studios of MPTV. The winners also will see their stories produced as a program and aired this summer on MPTV 10 and MPTV 36.

A special award will also be presented at the reception. The MPTV Education Award recognizes an entrant's talents and potential with a one-week summer art class at Artist and Display in Milwaukee. This year's recipient of this award is Alexis W. of Greenfield ("I Love Winter").

Below is a listing of the 2014 PBS KIDS Writers Contest:

First Place: "The Band" by Benji J. of Whitefish Bay
Second Place: "My Baby Sister" by Owen M. of Franksville
Third Place: "The Rossi Farm" by Ryan R. of Bristol
Special Merit: "My Dad" by Emily O. of Campbellsport
Special Merit: "Twelve Pirates" by Isabelle S. of Campbellsport

First Place: "Survival Guide to South Dakota" by Samuel E. of Cascade
Second Place: "The Robot Party" by Sean L. of Kenosha
Third Place: "How to Get Rid of a Monster" by Zylia K. of Newton
Special Merit: "The Tallest Flower" by Sophia M. of Franksville
Special Merit: "Emergency!" by Ella Y. of Bristol

First Place: "Cloudy Days" by Blake L. of Bristol
Second Place: "My Silly Sister Celi" by Evey G. of Milwaukee
Third Place: "The Magical Swing in My Backyard" by Joshua R. of Milwaukee
Special Merit: "S-Dog the Superhero" by Donis T. of Kenosha
Special Merit: "Lost" by Kylie G. of Franksville
Special Merit: "Nervous Nicole" by Riya M. of Menomonee Falls

First Place: "Elephantasia" by Himani C. of Waukesha
Second Place: "Space Trip" by JJ S. of Salem
Third Place: "Bob the Lion" by Noah M. of Caledonia
Special Merit: "The Tale of the White Tail" by Ella T. of Waukesha
Special Merit: "On Grandpa's Farm" by Seliz A. of Kenosha

Funding has been provided for MPTV's PBS Kids Writers Contest by The Harley-Davidson Foundation. Also, Betty Brinn Children's Museum and Artist and Display donated prizes.

About MPTV
Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) is southeastern Wisconsin's premier non-commercial media organization. MPTV consists of two high-definition television stations, WMVS and WMVT, and seven additional digital television services. The MPTV stations are the area's only over-the-air source for PBS and other national public television programs, and also offer a diverse schedule of their own award-winning local series and specials. The stations are watched by over 644,300 viewers each week throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. For more information, visit


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