NET Contest Honors Young Nebraskans for Writing Skills

News Release Date: 
May 21, 2019

For Immediate Release

NET Contest Honors Young Nebraskans for Writing Skills

LINCOLN, Neb. (May 21, 2019) – Everyone has a story to tell. NET, Nebraska’s PBS and NPR Stations, is recognizing a dozen young authors for using their creative writing skills to tell their stories. They are winners in the 2019 NET PBS KIDS Writers Contest.

More than 100 entries from 34 Nebraska towns came from students in kindergarten through third grade. The original works included fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

Judges read and scored entries, and selected first, second and third place winners from each grade level. To read the winning entries and find valuable resources for young writers, visit


First – “Birds Don’t Play Basketball” by Patrick Herink, Omaha

Second – “Monarch’s Great Adventure” by Violet Nuss, Gretna

Third – “The Magical Land of Candy Sparkles” by Lucy Livingston, Boys Town

First Grade:

First – “A Powerful President” by Thomas Herink, Omaha

Second – “The Story of Friz the Fox” by Marissa Grosch, O’Neill

Third – “Carol’s Great Adventure” by Anna Potts, Omaha

Second Grade:

First – “Cici and Jewel” by Alisha Singh, Omaha

Second – “Natalie’s First State Music Festival” by Harriet Kulwicki, Lincoln

Third – “Skunked” by Joben Miller, Lincoln                                                           

Third Grade:

First – “Camping Adventure!” by Ellie Thoreen, Elkhorn

Second – “Dad’s Fishy Surprise” by Jonah Bullington, Omaha

Third – “Learning To Be Brave” by Lillian Leigh Martin, Bayard

Each of the contest winners received a PBS NET KIDS bag filled with items featuring PBS KIDS characters.

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NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, is the statewide public media service dedicated to creating opportunities for Nebraskans to engage with critical issues, compelling stories and quality entertainment. NET serves each of Nebraska’s 93 counties with 52,560 hours of programming each year on four television and two radio channels, plus online and mobile content. In addition to providing free, high-quality educational programming for children, NET provides programming in the arts, award-winning news and current affairs information and emergency alert services. For more information about NET, visit