Congratulations to the StoryMakers Finalists for 2014!
The winners will be announced on January 10, 2015.

6th grade finalists

Sanya Bhartiya: “Twisted Nots”
West Middle School-Centennial, CO

Anya Chavez: “Flamingo”
Jarrow Montessori School-Boulder, CO

Maya Hunter: “Escape!”
Campus Middle School-Centennial, CO

Erika Olson: “Wallflower”
Castle Rocky Elementary School-Castle Rock, CO

Haden Ringel: “The Life of a Printer”
The Logan School for Creative Learning-Denver, CO

Audrey Springer: “When New York City Fell Silent”
Coyote Creek Elementary School-Highlands Ranch, CO

Jacob Welch: “The Gift”
Home School-Colorado Springs, CO


7th grade finalists

Sadie Buggle: “Kwanla”
Lesher Middle School-Fort Collins, CO

Noah Ghiselli: “The Key”
Platt Middle School-Boulder, CO

Isabella Guilez: “A Single Dollar”
College Pathways-CO Springs, CO

Miles Hobart: “7 ate 9”
Holy Family Catholic School-Grand Junction, CO

Madelyn Maxfield: “Nobody Girl”
Trail Ridge Middle School-Longmont, CO

Summer Marquis: “Overcoming” 
Dunstan Middle School-Lakewood, CO 

Joseph Nye: “The Lightning Key”
College Pathways-CO Springs, CO

Emily Winn: “Flying Pebble”
Denver School of the Arts-Denver, CO


8th grade finalists

Brett Bowman: “Free at Last”
Cresthill Middle School-Highlands Ranch, CO

Savannah Davia: “And I Was Hers”
Westview Middle School-Longmont, CO

Rebekah Dowlin: “Alone”
Twin Peaks Charter Academy-Longmont, CO

Mallory Finley: “Diary of a Pig”
Twin Peaks Charter Academy-Longmont, CO

Sadie Fletcher: “Realizing”
Falcon Buffs Middle School-Littleton, CO

Maura Lake: “The Handel Sonata”
Holy Family Catholic School-Grand Junction, CO

Melody Lipke: “Boundless”
St. Peters Lutheran School-Alamosa, CO

Rachel Van Gundy: “Dying to Live” 
Cresthill Middle School-Highlands Ranch, CO 

Max Van Sickle: “Down the Barrel”
The Logan School for Creative Learning-Denver CO

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StoryMakers Writing Contest At a Glance
  • Each year, Rocky Mountain PBS offers this unique writing contest to middle school students statewide. We are in our eighth year!
  • The contest is sponsored by CenturyLink, a longtime supporter of the program who helped conceive of the idea back in 2007 with the education department at Rocky Mountain PBS and has helped to make it possible ever since.
  • Open to students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades in Colorado. Entries are judged on originality, creative expression and storytelling.
  • We receive more than 700 submissions from across the state every year.
  • Winners and finalists are honored at a special luncheon in January with keynote speaker and bestselling author Dom Testa.
  • More than 40 volunteer judges participate each year. They are always blown away by how creative and powerful the stories are!
2013 StoryMakers Competition a Great Success

We received more than 730 entries across 88 cities in Colorado.
We were blown away by the talent! This state is home to some truly gifted authors.

Congratulations 2013 winners and finalists!



6th grade finalists

Olivia Janicek, Denver – 1st place
Maxwell Wilderson, Fort Morgan – 2nd place
Grace Patrick, Greeley – 3rd place
Ezequiel Meraz, Fort Lupton
Aileen Le, Arvada
Rebecca Chapman, Denver
Joseph Quintana, Highlands Ranch
Caitlin Kincaid, Colorado Springs

7th grade finalists

Rachel Foote, Longmont – 1st place
Edie Tavel, Denver – 2nd place
Colin Cannici, Lakewood – 3rd place
Andrew Swanback, Arvada
Ella Beringer, Castle Rock
Melody Lipke, Alamosa
Benny Khouri, Fort Collins
Emma Risdon, Longmont

8th grade finalists

Mia Nelson, Denver – 1st place
Roger Nakagawa, Denver – 2nd place
Kendal McMaster, Denver – 3rd place
Nadia Stoker, Broomfield
Elliott Wyatt, Denver
Molly Worford, Denver
Gabriella Tuell, Broomfield
Aileen Ma, Longmont

These 3 winners and 5 runners-up per grade received:

  • Digital storytelling workshop and tour of our television studios
  • Stories published on our website
  • Awesome prizes, like Kindle Fires
  • Awards luncheon for students and families featuring keynote speaker, local author and radio personality Dom TestaCentury Link.png

2013 StoryMakers Winners Featured on Channel 2's Colorado's Best Kids! Watch the segment below:

Parent Testimonial

"I wanted to thank you for the Rocky Mountain PBS StoryMakers program. My daughter took part in the competition and was a runner up for the 8th grade group. The whole process was so thrilling for her to be part of. When we were at the studio for the celebration in January, she told us she felt like a movie star. She loved learning to record her story and download illustrations, but most of all I think she loved the fact that so many people were involved in the whole process, and that most were involved through volunteering. 

She was so inspired... Our children need to feel important in order to succeed, and every small step counts. This support needs to be more than just parents and teachers. When our children see other adults and important people involved in their futures, it paints a bigger picture for them. Thank you for painting part of this bigger picture." 


-The Bretts, Eaton, Co.


Rocky Mountain PBS and CenturyLink encourage teenagers to keep reading and writing.  

Thanks to everyone submitting a story and special thanks to our major sponsor, CenturyLink.

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