Rocky Mountain PBS StoryMakers Contest

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Congratulations to the 2016 StoryMakers’ Finalists!

6th Grade
Aditi Jegannath - "Be YoursELF" (Rocky Heights Middle School)
Lillian Sturhahn - "The Chocolate Shake" (Denver School of the Arts)
Kate Bestall - "The Jealous Goldfish" (Evergreen Middle School)
Sive Kelliher - "The Desert" (Denver School of the Arts)
Lauren Brown - "Daughter of the Moon" (Coal Ridge Middle School)
Stephanie O’Flaherty - "Lab Rats" (East Grand Middle School)
Rowan Hillhouse - "A Cinderella Story" (Denver School of the Arts)
Elizabeth Cronk - "Ayomide the Spotted Zebra" (Overland Trail Middle School)

7th Grade
Olivia Sherwood - "Growing Up to Be a Child" (Lesher Middle School)
Gabriel Jani - "As the Fog Lifted" (Logan School for Creative Learning)
Jonathan Paul - "Rebecca" (Trailridge Middle School)
Molly Brunswick - "The Scarlet Dragon" (Homeschool)
Ellen Rogers - "Paper Airplanes" (Denver School of the Arts)
Sophia Feghali - "Stinky Bleu and the Death Cheese" (Holy Family Catholic School)
Julia Thomas - "The Sound of Red" (Denver School of the Arts)
Lekha Masoudi - "When the Bombs Stop" (Logan School for Creative Learning)

8th Grade
Layne Thompson - "The Space in Between" (Holy Family Catholic Church)
Aadi Nashikkar - "A Single Minute" (The Colorado Springs School)
Francee Schloesser - "The Mechanics of Forever" (Denver School of the Arts)
Ethan Moore - "Thomas Was Alone" (North Arvada Middle School)
Gina Carlo - "Mistakes" (Prospect Ridge Academy)
Natalie Wadhwa - "Necessities of Gnomes" (Denver School of the Arts)
Destiny Wrich - "Her Darkest Hour" (Holy Family Catholic School)
William Bernstein - "The Traitor and the Virus" (Logan School for Creative Learning)

StoryMakers At-A-Glance
  • Entries are judged on originality, creative expression and storytelling
  • StoryMakers is in its tenth year and each year we receive over 700 entries
  • Finalists (8 for each grade) will be named in December/January 2016/2017 and invited to an all day workshop (and station tour)  with an instructor from Lighthouse Writers Workshop and a journalist at the Rocky Mountain PBS station in Denver on Saturday, January 21, 2017
  • Awards Luncheon held in Denver on Saturday, February 25, 2017 and attended by all finalists and their families. Winners are announced and prizes awarded.
  • Winners’ stories published on Rocky Mountain PBS website
  • StoryMakers is generously supported by Douglas County Libraries!

For questions, email Susan Barber

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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 Douglas County Libraries encourage teenagers to keep reading and writing.  

Thanks to everyone submitting a story and special thanks to our major sponsor, Douglas County Libraries