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Whitehurst Campus Students Shine in PBS Writer’s Contest

Four Bolles Lower School Whitehurst Campus students were recognized in this year’s K-3 PBS Writer’s Contest. First grader Eesa ’35 won the first round and placed first at grade level for his story “Kindness Changes Hearts.” He then won the second round, facing off against 13 other finalists and bringing home the 2024 People’s Choice Award and a $100 cash prize.

Noah ’35 won second place in Grade 1 with, “Lincoln and the Dogs,” Mark ’36 took home first place in Kindergarten with “Mr. Moo,” and Quincy ’36 earned an honorable mention in Kindergarten with “The Ant and the Fan.” The students were invited to the WJCT studios to have their stories recorded, followed by a live reading to the audience.

In the People’s Choice Award competition won by Eesa, all 13 contestants had two weeks to campaign for votes to win the People’s Choice Award. Eesa pitched his story to more than 200 people in person at several places in town – including MOSH, multiple public libraries, bookstores, swim meets and soccer games – and hundreds more through his door-to-door campaign in his neighborhood. In total, Eesa garnered more than 500 votes for his story!

A big congratulations to these talented young writers! We’re #BulldogProud of you!