LANCASTER – Aaliyah Brianna Lavender, a third-grader at Life Source International Charter School in Lancaster, is a regional winner of the 2015 PBS KIDS Writers Contest, according to an announcement by PBS for Greater Los Angeles.
As one of PBS SoCaL’s first place winners, Aaliyah will be moving on to the National PBS KIDS Writers Contest to compete with kids across the nation.
The annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest encourages children in grades K-5 to celebrate creativity and build literacy skills by writing and illustrating their own stories.
Aaliyah’s winning entry, titled “The Hatching Egg,” tells the story of a bird family that is preparing to have a baby bird. View Aaliyah’s short story here.
The third-grader credits God and her mother, Terrie Lavender, for giving her the idea to write the story. Aaliyah aspires to be a pediatrician and author.
For writing and illustrating the winning entry, Aaliyah was invited to a special ceremony at the PBS SoCal studio on Wednesday and awarded a certificate and prizes.
All PBS SoCal’s first place winners will be entered into the national contest where a panel of esteemed judges will rank the top 12 entries.
This year’s first place winners are:
- 1st Place – Kindergarten: “Fuzzy and Acorn” by Nadya Jisun Kim of Buena Park
- 1st Place – First Grade: “Friends on the Moon” by Jishnu Mukherjee of Woodland Hills
- 1st Place – Second Grade: “Up On Stage and Not Afraid” by Srishti Pradhan of Tustin
- 1st Place – Third Grade: “The Hatching Egg” by Aaliyah Lavender of Lancaster
- 1st Place – Fourth Grade: “Tooth Fairy” by Jude Alexis of Irvine
- 1st Place – Fifth Grade: “Caramel” by Nicole Nguyen of Westminster
PBS SoCal is the parent to three broadcast channels, PBS SoCaL/KOCE-HD, PBS SoCaL Plus, and PBS SoCaL World, which are dedicated to educating, entertaining and enlightening viewers throughout Southern California.