DURHAM, May 14, 2002 - Nashua students Katelyn Griswold, Daniela Gamba and Monica Vendituoli were awarded top honors in NHPTV's annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest. This is the eighth year NHPTV invited children in kindergarten through third grade to write, illustrate and submit stories as part of a national contest sponsored by Reading Rainbow, the public television series that encourages children to explore the world of books. The stories are judged locally and the winners in each of the four categories (kindergarten through third grade) are submitted to the national contest. This year's national winners will be announced in June. Reading Rainbow airs weekdays at 11:30 a.m. on NHPTV.Katelyn Griswold's story "My Book to Find Lost Treasures" won second place in the kindergarten category. Daniela Gamba took top honors among first graders for her story "The Two Friends." Monica Vendituoli's "Dalmatian Cat" won second place in the second grade category. This year New Hampshire Public Television received a total of 457 entries from area students. The top three winners for each grade level are as follows:KindergartenFirst Place:Liam Harvey, Marblehead, MA - "I Love My Dad"Second Place:Katelyn Griswold, Nashua, NH - "My Book to Find Lost Treasures"Third Place:Taylor Moll, Campton, NH - "Clara's Dream" First GradeFirst Place:Daniela Gamba, Nashua, NH - "The Two Friends"Second Place:Katherine Zavez, Winchester, MA - "Busy, Buzzy Honey Bees"Third Place:Ethan White, Leyden, MA - "Wildlife" Second GradeFirst Place:Christopher Rigoli, Andover, MA - "Children are Children Wherever They Live"Second Place:Liam Thomas O'Connor, Londonderry, NH - "Remembering"Third Place:Charlotte Rutty, Cape Elizabeth, ME - "Going to School"Third GradeFirst Place:Alexis Zavez, Winchester, MA - "What is Blue?"Second Place:Monica Vendituoli, Nashua, NH - "Dalmatian Cat"Third Place:Amy Cass, Laconia, NH - "Sent from Heaven" There were also several Honorable Mentions awarded for each grade level. A complete listing of contest winners can be found at www.nhptv.org/kidswrite.Beyond its award-winning local and national television programs, NHPTV provides instructional services for 220,000 students from kindergarten through high school; offers Ready To Learn programs for children, preschool to age 12; and provides professional development programs and advanced technology training for parents, educators and child-care providers in New Hampshire and neighboring states. For more information about NHPTV programs that entertain, educate and enrich, visit www.nhptv.org.
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