2013 StoryMakers competition a great success!
This year we received nearly 730 entries across 77 cities in Colorado.
We were blown away by the talent! This state is home to some truly gifted authors.
Congratulations to our finalists of the 2013 StoryMakers writing contest!
Winners will be announced soon along with their stories. Stay tuned!
6th grade finalists
Olivia Janicek, Denver
Maxwell Wilderson, Fort Morgan
Grace Patrick, Greeley
Ezequiel Meraz, Fort Lupton
Aileen Le, Arvada
Rebecca Chapman, Denver
Joseph Quintana, Highlands Ranch
Caitlin Kincaid, Colorado Springs
7th grade finalists
Rachel Foote, Longmont
Edie Tavel, Denver
Colin Cannici, Lakewood
Andrew Swanback, Arvada
Ella Beringer, Castle Rock
Melody Lipke, Alamosa
Benny Khouri, Fort Collins
Emma Risdon, Longmont
8th grade finalists
Mia Nelson, Denver
Roger Nakagawa, Denver
Kendal McMaster, Denver
Nadia Stoker, Broomfield
Elliott Wyatt, Denver
Molly Worford, Denver
Gabriella Tuell, Broomfield
Aileen Ma, Longmont
These 3 winners and 5 runners-up per grade will receive:
- Digital storytelling workshop and tour of our television studios on December 7, 2013
- Stories published on our website
- Awesome prizes, like Kindle Fires
- Awards luncheon for students and families which includes keynote speaker, local author and radio personality Dom Testa on January 4, 2014.
2012 StoryMakers Winners and Finalists
The 2012 Winners and Finalists are:
1st - Christian Olsen, "Without A Home" - Littleton, Goddard Middle School
2nd - Lydia MacRavey, "Little Bear's Arrow" - Centennial, Home Schooled
3rd - Elizabeth Blackmun, "Lady of the Lake" - Denver, Denver School of the Arts
Chloe Applegate, "Rainin's River" - Denver, Denver School of the Arts
Ella Beringer, "The Chase" - Castle Rock, Soaring Hawk
Ashlyn Kofford, "The Life Necklace" - Longmont, Westview Middle School
Drew Sims, "A Little Help" - La Junta, La Junta Intermediate School
William Underhill, "Bernard" - Denver, Denver School of the Arts
1st - Annie Lell, "Blue Moon" - Arvada, Oberon Middle School
2nd - Mia Nelson, "Deaf Prayers" - Denver, Denver School of the Arts
3rd - Jake Daniel, "Through the Eyes of a Golf Ball" - Grand Junction, Holy Family Catholic School
Nash Marez, "Adventure to Milkdud" - Grand Junction, Holy Family Catholic School
Gillian Palazzini, "Through the Eyes of the Insane" - Merino, Home Schooled
Clarice Reiner, "The Song of a Second" - Arvada, Oberon Middle School
Britney Sarazen, "Bullied to Bully" - Fort Lupton, Quest Academy
Sydney Taylor, "Xanthe Soto, Girl Genius: Wind Power" - Denver, Homeschooled
1st - Erin Mallory, "Tricking the Sheep" - Windsor, Saint Joseph's Catholic School
2nd - McKinley Mueller, "Seven Days 'Til Heaven" - Ridgway, Ridgway Secondary School
3rd - Sydney Lewark, "Flying" - Denver, Denver Waldorf School
Kinsey Brashears, "Elena Smith" - Fort Morgan, Fort Morgan Middle School
Torryn Elliot, "The Adventures of Cedric" - Granby, East Grand Middle School
Abigail Weeks, "Simplicity" - Centennial, West Middle School
Claire Wineman, "The Conversion" - Denver, Denver School of the Arts
Margaux Woellner, "The Maligned Hedgehog" - Englewood, West Middle School
"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.