Contest designed to spark interest in Champlain Quadricentennial

"It really can be any story of their choosing," said Owens. "This is a contest which we've had for 15 years and year after year we see quite a bit of participation."

In the Reading Rainbow contest, students are also encouraged to write and illustrate their own stories, though there is a minimum length of 50 words and maximum of 200 words. All students in that contest also receive certificates of recognition, with four stories chosen from each grade level for special recognition. One winning entry from each grade level will be sent on for judging in a national contest, which could result in prizes including a flat panel television and DVD player, digital camera and MP3 player as well as books and DVDs.

Entries for the Champlain Chronicles contest are limited to 250 words or less and should be double-spaced, said Owens. The entries, which will be judged by Mountain Lake PBS, must include one illustration and answer the "who, what, when, where, and how" of the event.

First place winners at each grade level will receive an iPod, and honorable mention winners at each grade level will receive Borders gift certificates. All participants will receive a special certificate of recognition.

Entries for the Champlain Chronicles contest are due by Friday, March 20, and entries for the Reading Rainbow contest are due Friday, March 13. Entry forms and rules for both contests are available on the Mountain Lake PBS Web site, www.mountainlake.org or by calling Owens at 563-9770, ext. 130.

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