NHPBS names winners of Kids Writers Contest

“Abracadabra, Carbon Footprint Disappear” by Sujit Sathyamurthi of Nashua placed first among the stories written by third-graders.

DURHAM — A snowman who lost most of his snow, a magician who uses science in his tricks, and a boy who draws food that comes to life were all the subjects of winning stories submitted by children from across New Hampshire and beyond in the 2019 NHPBS Kids Writers Contest.

The contest encourages children to explore the power of creativity by writing and illustrating their own stories. This is the 25th year NHPBS has hosted a story-writing contest, and more than 12,800 children have participated over the years.

“New Hampshire PBS is proud to offer the NHPBS Kids Writers Contest. The contest underscores our commitment to learning and creative expression,” said Susan Adams, NHPTV’s educational services manager. “The process of creative writing helps develop academic skills and improves a child’s self-confidence, creativity and imagination.”

The winning stories were chosen by a panel of judges, including local authors, educators and librarians.

First place

Kindergarten: “Building Bentley” by Daniel LeBlanc of Fremont.

First grade: “Deep Into the Sea” by Saanvi Jahagirdar of Groton, Conn.

Second grade: “The Secrets of a Magician” by Parker Boyce of Manchester.

Third grade: “Abracadabra, Carbon Footprint Disappear” by Sujit Sathyamurthi of Nashua.

Fourth grade: “Boy Meets Food” by Vittorio Masoni of Hollis.

Fifth grade: “The Girl Who Mixed Up Her b’s and d’s” by Leah Almeida of Portland, Ore.

Second place

Kindergarten: “Dan the Dinosaur” by Cameron Hanavan of Northwood.

First grade: “Sharon’s Jump for Strawberry” by Gracelynn Mehta of Hooksett.

Second grade: “Meet Jay, The Ultimate Universe God” by Tejas Nyaharkar of Merrimack.

Third grade: “A Day on Horseback” by Dena Marie Presby of Franconia.

Fourth grade: “Salsa vs. Guac” by Beckett McKenna of Portsmouth.

Fifth grade: “Silly Cat” by Jahrie Houle of Durham.

Third place

Kindergarten: “Miss Orange’s Field Trip” by Jaclyn Pickering of Northwood.

First grade: “The Very Weird Glasses” by Calvin Grondin of Rollinsford.

Second grade: “The Beeps at Night” by Kaveri Gandhi of Newton, Mass.

Third grade: “What’s a Penny’s Life Like?” by Emily Field of Auburn.

Fourth grade: ”A Real Story” by Acadia King of Hopkinton, Mass.

Fifth grade: “Elvis and the Thieving Ants” by Jeffrey Liu of Needham, Mass.

An awards ceremony for the first- through third-place finishers is planned from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 15, at the NHPBS Broadcast Center in Durham. To read all of the stories submitted to the contest, including the honorable mention winners, go to nhpbs.org/kidswrite.