January 14, 2000


San Diego County Youth Winners of KPBS Reading Rainbow Writing Competition

Sixteen winners in grades 1 through 8, from throughout San Diego County, have been named award winners in the 15th annual KPBS Reading Rainbow Writing Competition. The youth were honored at a special ceremony January 12 at the KPBS Copley Telecommunications Center.

The theme of the 1999 competition was "Hands Across the Border!" Participants were asked to write and illustrate a creative story or poem. More than 1,000 students submitted entries describing what it's like to live so close to the Mexican border. Some participants wrote about their experiences vacationing in Mexico or people they have met from Mexico. Entries were judged based on creativity and use of imagination; structure and continuity; grammar, spelling and punctuation; and overall impression.

In addition to being recognized at the awards ceremony, the winners of the competition will receive U.S. Saving Bonds, courtesy of Mission Federal Credit Union, and gift certificates from Barnes & Noble, Bookstars and KPBS Store of Knowledge.

The KPBS Reading Rainbow Writing Competition, made possible by Mission Federal Credit Union, has been providing creative writing opportunities to area youth for the past 15 years. Begun as a local educational Outreach companion to the Peabody Award-winning series, "Reading Rainbow," the contest has attracted over 10,000 young writers.

For more information about the KPBS Reading Rainbow Writing Competition, contact KPBS Outreach at (619) 594-8754.

Gold Award

5th & 6th Grade Creative Writing

Mexico
by Melina Palermo

Have you ever been to Mexico? Chances are if you live in San Diego you have. We, the people of San Diego, are very fortunate to live so close to another country. We can drive to Mexico and back to San Diego in the same day, after having a lot of fun!

I go to Mexico very often to visit my grandmother. My grandmother lives in Mexicali, Mexico and it takes two hours to get there. It is because I have many cousins in Mexicali that I get to go to a lot of birthday parties. My favorite thing about birthday parties in Mexico is the piñata because it is filled with candy.

I remember one particular day when I was at my cousin Michelles piñata party. Something really outrageous happened then. As my cousin Ricardo raised his hands very high to hit the piñata, his pants fell down and everyone started laughing. Suddenly, the piñata, which was shaped like a donkey grabbed the stick from Ricardos hands, released itself from the rope and started chasing the kids all around my grandmothers back yard. Luckily, it was not a mean donkey, so all it did was tickle us with a stick. I giggled so hard that I could hear my grandmother saying, Melina, Melina, Melina! Wake up Mija, I think you ate too much candy and cake. Then I sat on the bed, wrapped my hands around her neck and said, Abuela, Abuela, you have to hear this. I had the funniest dream!

As you can see, going to Mexico can be a lot of fun even when you are sleeping!

 

Gold Award

1st & 2nd Grade Creative Writing

The Fence
by Alicia Isabel Guerra

Once upon a time there were two girls who loved each other. But they didnt have papers to cross the big fence.

The girls miss each other a lot. They keep thinking and thinking about each other.

Juanas parents were very poor. Her parents couldn't buy a mica.

One day Judy was playing with her ball. Then she threw it into a hole in the fence.

Judy Crawled into the hole to get her ball and Juana found her and they hugged each other.

Now Judy was in Mexico the Juana saw El Migra and she whispered to Judy run because here comes La Migra.

Judy came back to the United States quickly and the Migra could not see her neither the hole.

Juana and Judy found their secret place where they could talk play and the most diffucult thing_cross the fence. THE END

 

Gold Award

5th & 6th Grade Poetry

Blood of Two Countries
by Thalia Torres

We live on a border where the country

Next to us is in our blood.

Where green means hope.

Where white means peace.

Where red means the blood that the soldiers spill.

Green, white and red the flag of the soldier.

I am Mexican American.

The American I have is from the U.S. where

I was born.

Where the 50 states were won.

Where the gold was found.

And where the revolution was won.


KPBS Reading Rainbow Writing Competition

List of Winners

North County — Escondido

Kellen Herrera, a student at Del Dios Middle School, won the silver award in the creative writing division for seventh and eight graders with her story "My Experience with Mexico."

South Bay — Bonita

Stephanie Feldstein, a student at Bonita Vista Middle School, won the gold award in the poetry division for seventh and eight graders with her poem "Border Dreams."

South Bay — Chula Vista

Alicia Isabel Guerra, a student at Valle Lindo Elementary School, won the gold award in the creative writing division for first and second graders with her story "The Fence."

Julio Alexander Cervera, a student at Fred H. Rohr School, won the silver award in the creative writing division for first and second graders with his story "Mexico y San Diego".

South Bay — National City

Melina Palermo, a student at John Otis Elementary, won the gold award in the creative writing division for fifth and sixth graders with her story "Mexico."

South Bay — San Ysidro

Thalia Torres, a student at San Ysidro Middle School, won the gold award in the poetry division for fifth and sixth graders with her poem "Blood of Two Countries."

East County — Alpine

Leah Clark, a student at Murray Manor Elementary, won the silver award in the creative writing division for third and fourth graders with her story "Two Friends."

Amanda Minter, a student at Boulder Oaks Elementary, won the silver award in the poetry division for fifth and sixth graders with her poem "Mexico, Through my Dad's Eyes."

East County — El Cajon

Christopher Guaderrama, a student at Vista Grande Elementary, won the silver award in the creative writing division for fifth and sixth graders with his story "My Great Grandfather."

East County — La Mesa

Rachel Graham, a student at Rolando Elementary, won the gold award in the poetry division for third and fourth graders with her poem "Border and Limits."

San Diego

Jessica Baris, a student at Farb Middle School, won the gold award in the creative writing division and the silver award in the poetry division for seventh and eighth graders. Her creative writing story was called "English or Español" and her poem was called "Anillos de Amor."

Emily Ewing, a student Silver Gate Elementary, won the goal award in the poetry division for first and second graders with her poem "Mexico is Our Neighbor."

Jennifer Lanham, a student at All Saints Episcopal School, won the silver award in the poetry division for first and second graders with her poem "We Are Going Across the Border."

German Avalos Jr., a student at Horton Elementary, won the silver award in the poetry division for third and fourth graders for his poem "I Live On a Border."

Marie Brown, a student at Jerabek Elementary, won the gold award in the creative writing division for third and fourth graders with her story "Cinco de Mayo."

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