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Ashburn Student is Finalist in MrsP.com Writing Contest

Former ‘Mimi’ actress from Drew Carey Show established the organization to encourage reading.

MrsP.com, which aims to expose young people to reading, has announced the finalists in the fourth edition of its Be-a-Famous-Writer contest, and one Ashburn girl has made the cut.

Twelve-year-old Adithi Ramakrishnan was selected for her entry Home Perfect Home.

“We had wonderful entries from all over the United States, and it was hard to narrow it down to ten stories,” said Kathy Kinney, who stars as Mrs. P and who, before co-creating the website, was best known as Mimi on The Drew Carey Show.

The Grand Prize winners will be chosen by a panel of celebrity judges, including Academy Award-winning actress and reading advocate Julia Roberts; Melina Gerosa Bellows, the Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer of Books, Kids and Family at National Geographic; and Mary Frances Smith-Reynolds, who teaches second grade at Ivanhoe Elementary School in Silver Lake, CA.

Finalists, 4-8 age group:

  • The Magic Piano by Grace Lane, 8, Vermont
  • The Horse Indeanna by Meridan Boyd, 8, Iowa
  • The Royalty Cat, by Calista Wilk, 7, Arizona
  • Girls vs. Ghouls, by Lily Ventnor, 7, New Jersey
  • The Talking Gingerbread Man, by Ethan Kur, 7, Arizona

Finalists, 9-13 age group:

  • The Bread of Generosity, by Andrea Langholff, 9, Wisconsin
  • Moonshine, by Willa Lane, 9, Vermont
  • Home Perfect Home by Adithi Ramakrishnan, 12, Virginia
  • The Mesa, by Caitlin Casady,12, Oklahoma
  • The Championship Game, by Lucas Daniel, 9, New Jersey

Mrs. P will read the winning story from each age group in Hollywood-produced videos with original illustrations that will be posted on Mrs.P.com’s website. In addition, Polka Dots Publishing will provide a bound copy of the winners’ stories.

Michael Berman December 16, 2012 at 10:56 PM
So, where might one go to read Ms. Ramakrishnan's story?
Dusty Smith December 16, 2012 at 11:25 PM
I received this info in advance of the official announcement, which is set for Monday, so I'm not sure if any of the stories are public yet, but I'll see what I can find out tomorrow.
Dana P December 18, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Only the grand prize winning stories will be public. The winners will be announced on Jan 15h, 2013 and the stories will posted on the site on Read Across America Day in March, as they are made into videos with original illustrations so it takes some time to produce them. Watch the website for the exact date in March. If she is a grand prize winner you will be able to enjoy her story. Thank you from the MrsP.com team

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