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2012 KET Young Writers Contest winners announced

For Release: 2012-05-29 14:36:00

Young authors across the state were inspired by the fanciful creatures of their imaginations, real canine companions and more in the 2012 KET Young Writers Contest. Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade were invited to submit their original illustrated stories to the annual contest. More than 600 entries were submitted, nearly double the number of entries KET received last year.

Among the first-place winners, a young gardener befriends a fairy in the delightful story of “The Fairy’s Gloves.” An endearing elephant learns about honesty and true friendship in “Elly the Elephant.” A Jack Russell terrier is the inspiration for the humorous look at “My Ruff Life.” A dragon shows his devotion to a young girl in the beautifully hand-painted “Once.” A lion finds just the right qualities in his new heir in the fable “The Heir of Lion King.” And a shelter dog learns to behave and enjoys a happy surprise in "Buddy, the Shelter Dog."

The winners of the 2012 KET Young Writers Contest are:

1st place: Julia May, Prospect, Ky., “The Fairy’s Gloves”
2nd place: Joseph Sexton, Whitesburg, Ky., “The Hungry Dinosaur Named Fred”
3rd place: Abby Smithson, Mayfield, Ky., “My Dog Sparky”

First Grade
1st place: Eleanor Woodie, Glasgow, Ky., “The Elephant Named Elly”
2nd place: Nicholas Armentano, Versailles, Ky., “Ben and Zink’s Treasure Hunt”
3rd place: Jenna Harney, Independence, Ky., “Alliteration”

Second Grade
1st place: Becca Grunkemeyer, Villa Hills, Ky., “My Ruff Life”
2nd place: Katherine Oliver, Paducah, Ky., “The Artist in Miami”
3rd place: Corianna Chauncy, Langley, Ky., “The Search for Wings”

Third Grade
1st place: Jinju Rhau Santalucia, Lexington, Ky., “Once”
2nd place: Sarah Pease, Hillsboro, Ky., “Kitty Finds a New Home”
3rd place: Natalie Millikin, Louisville, Ky., “Marllo the Moose”

Fourth Grade
1st place: William Ding, Lexington, Ky., “The Heir of Lion King”
2nd place: Graciela Grunkemeyer, Villa Hills, Ky., “My Transformer Brother”
3rd place: Joe Goodlett, Taylorsville, Ky., “A Vacation to Remember”

Fifth Grade
1st place: Alisabeth Culp, Paducah, Ky., “Buddy, the Shelter Dog”
2nd place: John Pruitt, Louisville, Ky., “The Girl”
3rd place: Jessica Small, Owensboro, Ky., “Bob the Alien”

More information about KET programming and education services, as well as how to support KET, can be found at

Contact: Abby Malik



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