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Isabella Nguyen chosen as finalist in national PBS KIDS Writers Contest

Posted 11 Aug 2015

Isabella Nguyen of Little Rock has been chosen as a finalist in the PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Nguyen's original story 'Be Yourself' placed first among second grade entries in Arkansas in the local contest hosted by the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN). Her entry was then forwarded to the national contest where she was chosen as a finalist, and her story is now featured on the contest website,

Nguyen's story competed against other state winners from across the country. Entries were judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations.

AETN received more than 150 entries from students across Arkansas for this year's contest, and all 12 winning stories can be viewed at

The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of children's literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest partners with PBS stations nationwide and empowers children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity and build literacy by writing and illustrating their own stories.

The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is produced by PBS and based on the Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, a concept developed by WNED-TV, Buffalo.

The local-national contest is designed to promote the advancement of children's reading skills through hands-on, active learning. AETN is pleased to congratulate the Arkansas winners and share PBS KIDS' commitment to opening up worlds of words for all young children across the state and the nation.

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 (AETN) is Arkansas's statewide public television network that 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. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit, or follow the AETN blog at AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).