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WHRO Honors 2019 Young Storytellers

Each year WHRO welcomes some of the area’s most creative minds into our studio for the annual Young Storytellers Awards Ceremony. Each child is honored at the special reception and recorded in the WHRO television studio reading their winning entry.

Several weeks before the awards ceremony, our Blue Ribbon panel takes on the task of reading and scoring all of the entries written by local students in kindergarten through fifth grade. “It was a privilege to see the works of so many talented youth from across the region,” said Asa Heyward, a Teen Services Librarian/Volunteer Coordinator at Suffolk Public Library and one of our Blue Ribbon Panel Judges. The stories were judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of illustrations.

“‘You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have,’ is my favorite Maya Angelou quote,” said Ms. Carolyn Harris, a teacher at Carver Elementary in Newport News. “I love WHRO and the opportunities and resources provided to my students. As a teacher with her third writer contest winner, I am thrilled beyond words.”

2019 WHRO Young Storytellers First Place Winners

Kindergarten | Scarlett Jeffrey “The Tooth Fairy Meets Friends”

First Grade | Holly Derby “The Adventures of Oreo the Rat”

Second Grade | Zymier Smith “Albino”

Third Grade | Hudson Taylor “Mille Gets a Home”

Fourth Grade | Bryson Allred “The Adventures of Giraffe and Ostrich”

Fifth Grade | Mila Vujnic “Bo the Skipping Mouse”

2019 WHRO Young Storytellers Environmental Story First Place Winners

Second Grade | Sehee Kim “Pollution Stoppers”

Third Grade  Andrew Bene “Save Us”

Fifth Grade | Two 1st Place Winners:  Mariah Schranz “Daisy the Dolphin and the Adventures…In the Elizabeth River”

and Sophie Alexis Cassis-Birkel “The Little Fairy”