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WHRO Public Media Honors Young Storytellers

Young Storytellers
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Since 1995, WHRO has invited students to pull out their pens and colored pencils and get creative! The PBS KIDS Writers Contest has ended and our judges have chosen the winners. Join us on May 10 to see who won in each grade level!

Each year, winners of the writing contest and their families are invited to our studio for the annual Young Storytellers Awards Ceremony to celebrate. The winners are honored at the special reception and recorded in the WHRO television studio reading their winning entry.

Stream the ceremony live on May 10 at 6 p.m.

2024 Winners


First Place:
Mayukha Khambhammettu, The Magic Dress
Deep Creek Central Elementary, Chesapeake
Second Place:
Hazel Arterbury, Lily and I
Homeschooled, Gloucester

First Grade

First Place:

Joi Boakye, Ethan the Brave Dog
Sewells Point Elementary, Norfolk

Second Place:
Annie Havener, The Lost Tooth
Larchmont Elementary, Norfolk

Second Grade

First Place:
Ava Shubert, The Odd Bird
Butts Road Primary School, Chesapeake
Second Place:
Keira Strickland, The Magic Door
Red Mill Elementary, Virginia Beach

Third Grade

First Place:
Annabelle Wilkinson, Potato Man and Spud Monkie,
Larchmont Elementary, Norfolk
Second Place:
Olivia Knaus, Carrot Thief
Larchmont Elementary, Norfolk

Fourth Grade

First Place:
Lily Moira Jao, Never Give Up, Lylus
North Landing Elementary, Virginia Beach
Second Place:
Sophia Barnes-Valdes, Picalacita’s Journey
Chesapeake Montessori, Chesapeake

Fifth Grade

First Place:
Lucy Lapetina, Adventures of Lint Land
Stonehouse Elementary, Williamsburg
Second Place:
Kate Broughton, Mary’s Acorn
Oaktree Academy, Virginia Beach

Overall Environmental Winners

Grades K-1
Charles (Chase) Harris, Spy Cub Saves The Savanna
Ware Academy, Gloucester
Grades 2-3
Norah Conery, Dolphin Mystery
Old Donation School, Virginia Beach
Grades 4-5
Allison Boyer, Douglas and the Drought
Deep Creek Elementary, Chesapeake

Honorable Mention Winners

Lyric Gray Terry, The Ladybug and the Butterfly
College Park Elementary, Virginia Beach

Gabririella Reddy ,Family Fun at the Zoo
College Park Elementary, Virginia Beach

Charlotte Woyma, Flamingo Contest
Larchmont Elementary, Norfolk

Jayden Theus, The Nicest Horse
Point O’View Elementary, Virginia Beach

Edward House Jr., “What happened to the Snow?” A Poem about Global Warming
Hampton Roads Academy, NN

Evan Kaloydis, Cardinal in the Willow Tree
North Landing Elementary, Virginia Beach

Hadley Jones, The Lady Who Loves Books
Home Schooled, Yorktown

Aurora Bernadette Cannon, Bob the Crocodile 
Home Schooled, Virginia Beach

Kaiser Cruz, Best Friend Clean-Up Crew
Home Schooled, Chesapeake