Karsten Eckhoff, a kindergarten student from Stover, recently was named a national winner in the annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest.
Karsten Eckhoff, a kindergarten student from Stover, recently was named a national winner in the annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Karsten’s winning story, “Bill’s Hat is Very Stuck,” was awarded second place among the kindergarten entries. Karsten is the son of Tom and Debbie Eckhoff of Stover.
Earlier this year, Karsten received first place in the local contest sponsored by KMOS-TV, the University of Central Missouri’s public television station. His winning entry was submitted for consideration in the national contest. Karsten was selected as a national winner from thousands of submissions from 62 participating PBS stations across the country.
The contest was designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning.
“KMOS is proud to announce Karsten Eckhoff’s win in this year’s PBS KIDS Writers Contest,” said Phil Hoffman, director of broadcast services at UCM. “The PBS KIDS Writers Contest helps children across mid-Missouri build valuable literacy skills for success in school and life, and it’s great to see one of our local winners nationally recognized as a winner.”
The contest made possible in part by local support from Classroom Connection Educational Materials, Jefferson City; Barnes and Noble, Columbia; author Michele Spry of Columbia, KMOS, WNED and PBS. The national winners received a prize package, courtesy of national prizing sponsor LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. that included LeapFrog’s LeapReader Reading and Writing System and educator-developed LeapReader books, maps and more.