Video Story by Anna Latta
The top three winners in each age category; kindergarten, first grade, second grade and third grade were selected from over 350 entries. Winners and their families were treated to an afternoon of awards, celebration and inspiring words from local author, Jennifer J. Stewart.
With guidance from teachers, families and librarians, children from across Southeastern Arizona submitted original, illustrated stories to the contest. A group of community volunteers with experience in literacy and art education served as the contest judges.
First place winners in each category advance to the national competition. Those results will be announced in mid July 2010.
This year’s contest was supported by the University of Arizona Foundation through its grants program for exemplary, innovative projects that connect the University of Arizona to the community.
1st Place Steven’s Art House of Bombs by Oskar “Oz” Anderson
Runner-Up The Homeless Turtle by Colby Parks
Honorable Mention The Tortoise Who Thinks He is a Dog by Bethany Giordano
1st Place Mr. Rattlesnake’s Vegetarian Surpirse by Lucia Wert
Runner-Up Coco Finds a Home: A True Story by Sophia Smith-Gatto
Honorable Mention The the Earth Quaked by Lauren Grace Elsberry
1st Place Why Did Prancer Die? by Lauren Emily Vaz
Runner-Up Snickers Comes Home by Emma Satterfield
Honorable Mention Samson Ran Away by Matthew Butler
1st Place The Spirit Bird by Talia Tax
Runner-Up Goldie the Goldfish by Seo-Hyun Yoo
Honorable Mention Lilly Giraffe’s Unusual Family by Lindsey Carlson