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Young author talks about her VPT contest win

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More than 100 young Vermonters submitted their stories to Vermont Public Television to try to win a contest. We talked with one of the winners about her book.

Jasmin Townsend-Ng of Charlotte, Vt., Third Grade winner with "The Special Lantern Festival of Montreal"

Here is a link to her story: http://vpt.org/img/pdf/writers-contest/2013/The_Special_Lantern_Festival_Of_Montreal.pdf

Eagle and hamster friends, moose vs. crocodile, a vegetarian cat and a hard-working pencil are among the protagonists in stories honored in the 2013 PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, held by Vermont Public TelevisionWith crayons, watercolors, photos and unlimited imagination, 12 creative children in kindergarten, first, second and third grade earned top honors in this competition that encourages youngsters to celebrate the power of writing and illustrating original storybooks.

The winners and honorable mentions are:

Kindergarten

Winner: "Best Friends Eat Their Veggies" by Keira E. Kegelman, Hartland, Vt. 

Honorable Mention: "An Ice Rink Story" by Livia Marie Brochu, Williston, Vt.

Honorable Mention: "No Snack for Sam! (A Sally & Sam Shark Story)" by Brody McGuire, Vergennes, Vt.

First Grade

Winner: "The Flying Pencil" by Evan James Thorburn, Hinesburg, Vt.

Honorable Mention: "Melissa the Colorpillar" by Klara Hopkins, Brandon, Vt.

Honorable Mention: "My Day in Kitty World" by Madeleine Thaxton, East Thetford, Vt.

Second Grade

Winner: "How Marzier the Moose Got His Antlers" by Harry Kim, Manchester Center, Vt.

Honorable Mention: "Bobby" by Molly Wilson, Wolcott, Vt.

Honorable Mention: "Paddy the Fish and Dribbler the Duck" by Aidan Gage, Randolph, Vt.

Third Grade

Winner: "The Special Lantern Festival of Montreal" by Jasmin Townsend-Ng, Charlotte, Vt.

Honorable Mention: "George the Puppy Writes a Story" by Faith Holzhammer, Orwell, Vt.

Honorable Mention: "Lights ... Camera ...  Pony!" by Joy Holzhammer, Orwell, Vt.

VPT sends each grade-winning entry on to the national contest.  Results of that will be announced this summer.

Some children enter and are honored multiple times.  That was the case this year when the judges gave the top second-grade prize to Harry Kim, who had an honorable mention last year.  Twins Faith and Joy Holzhammer earned honorable mentions for the second year in a row.

The winning stories are posted on VPT's website at http://www.vpt.org/writers.  The children are featured on air and online reading their stories, and all entrants will be invited to read their work at story times held around the state.

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