Propel McKeesport kindergarten student Samuel “Sam” Davidson has been named a finalist in the 2017 PBS KIDS Writers Contest. He is one of 26 finalists in WQED’s competition for students in grades K-5.
His submission, “Boogerman Robs a Bank,” which he wrote and illustrated, was selected from more than 1,000 entries from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland and Delaware. It tells the story of what happens when Davidson uses his super-hero powers to take on Boogerman.
The Propel kindergartner said his imagination and love of books have motivated him to write at least “a thousand” stories.
Teachers, librarians, administrators, WQED staff and board members and EQT employees judged entries based on their original story, word count and illustrations. WQED will award first-, second- and third-place and honorable mention for each grade.
In addition, the public has an opportunity to vote for the “Kid’s Public Choice Winner.” To vote and to view other submissions, go to the 2017 Writers Contest website May 12-19.
The winners and three STEM awards will be announced May 21 at the Winners Celebration at WQED’s Fred Rogers Studio. Winners will have their stories made into puppet shows by Pittsburgh Puppet Works, and iQKidsRadio.org and Saturday Light Brigade Radio will broadcast recorded readings of their stories this summer.
WQED’s press release announcing the finalists can be downloaded here.
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