Return to Headlines

Hartwood Elementary Student a Finalist in PBS KIDS Writers Contest

Hartwood Elementary School rising first-grader Addison Munsch has been named a finalist in the 2020 PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Nearly 1,000 stories were received, and Addison is one of 27 students who were named finalists in this year’s contest. The competition was open to students in kindergarten-grade five in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, and Delaware.

The public can vote until June 19, 2020, for the “Reader’s Choice Winner.” All finalists' stories are available to read and listen to via WQED’s Writers Contest page at

Winners of 2020 Writers Contest will be announced at a virtual winners celebration and awarded prizes, including the opportunity to record their winning story. Their recordings will be broadcast on and featured on Saturday Light Brigade (SLB) Radio ( in the summer of 2020. Kindergarten-grade five and STEM winners’ stories will be made into an original puppet show that will be shown at the virtual winners celebration by Pittsburgh Puppet Works.

The contest is sponsored locally by the EQT Foundation, with support from WQED, WVPB, WLVT, and WPSU.