Kindergarten student wins the PBS writer's contest

Aarav Parthiban

Aarav Parthibana, a kindergarten student in Mrs. Dietrick's class, wrote and illustrated a story on his recent family vacation to India and submitted it to the PBS Kids GO! Writers Contest where he took first place in two categories! Aarav earned first place in the 'Judges Award' as well as the 'Readers Choice Award,' which was based on public votes.  


Aarav's story, The Vegetable Mystery, is 188 words long and includes six illustrations. It was among 1,200 stories that were received throughout the Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland and Delaware. As a winning entry, Aarav's story will also be made into a puppet show by Pittsburgh Puppet Works, published into a book and be showcased at the Oakland Library Summer Reading Kickoff Event. 


As a finalist in the contest, Aarav also had the opportunity to record an audio version of his story at the WQED Studio earlier this month.


The contest is administered by WQED Pittsburgh and sponsored by EQT Corporation. WQED was one of 12 public television stations across the country that participated in this year’s contest. WQED partnered locally with Penn State Public Broadcasting and West Virginia Public Broadcasting.


The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest is produced annually by PBS KIDS and open to children in kindergarten through third grade. The contest is a part of PBS KIDS Raising Readers, a national initiative that uses the power of public media to build the reading skills of children ages two to eight. More information on PBS KIDS Raising Readers and the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest can be found at


Listen to Aarav read his story and view his illustrations>> (Click on 'The Vegetable Mystery by Aarav P. in the Kindergarten category). 


View photos from the award ceremony on Flickr >>


Learn more about the annual contestt at>>


Aarav in a recording booth.

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