CONWAY, Ark. — The Arkansas Educational Television Network has announced winners of the AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest. AETN received more than 300 entries from students across Arkansas for this year’s contest, and all 12 winning stories can be viewed at

Winners include:

Kindergarten – First Place, Holden Dunn of North Little Rock for “The Magic Flashlight”; second place, Spencer Lowe of Mayflower for “My Sister’s Super Power is Rainbow”; third place, Bennett Green of Maumelle for “Sam’s Super Power.”

First grade – First place, Ariq Huq of Conway for “The Animal Restaurant”; second place, Sydney Rogers of El Dorado for “Cilia Sees Again”; and third place, Haden Rogers of Harrison for “The Adventurous Dog.”

Second grade – First Place, Josiah Williams of El Dorado for “I Wish (A Snail’s Tale)”; second place, Brooklyn Witherow of Sherwood for “A Rough Road to the Top”; and third place, Evie Fulmer of Conway for “First Day of Being a Tooth Fairy.”

Third grade – First Place, Hunter Rogers of Harrison for “Frank the Frog”; second place, Olivia Wright of Springdale for “Baking With Gigi”; and third place Khylee Houston of Little Rock for “Athena Gets Into Trouble.”

Entries were judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations. Each winner will receive an AETN prize pack, and first place winners will win a PBS KIDS Playtime Pad, which comes preloaded with educational games, music and videos.

The AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest empowers children in kindergarten through third grades to celebrate creativity and build literacy skills by writing and illustrating their own stories.

PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online, mobile and community based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning provides engaging interactive content, including the PBS KIDS video player, now offering free streaming video accessible on computer and mobile-device-based browsers.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network is Arkansas’s only statewide public media network, which enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life.

AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers through the distinct channels AETN PBS, AETN Create, AETN PBS KIDS, AETN World and AETN AIRS on SAP. Audiences can also watch on several digital platforms, and members with AETN Passport have extended on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro) and KETZ (El Dorado).