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A local TV show hosted by area youth, including some from Cape Coral, was recently recognized.

In December, WGCU's "Curious Kids" won an Emmy from the Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in children/youth/teens for one of its segments. Titled "What is a Watershed?," the segment focused on interconnections between inland and coastal communities.

"They were very excited," Rosie Emery, the show's writer and producer, said of the cast.

"A Suncoast Emmy is still an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, so it's a big deal," she added. "It's recognition from your peers - everybody at WGCU was very excited."

Created in partnership with the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, the winning segment premiered in December 2014. It explained watersheds in a manner understandable for children.

"It's very difficult to understand sometimes the concept of a watershed," Emery said.

Six children were featured in the segment, including three girls from the Cape - Sierra Simon and sisters Nichole and Natalie Kelly. Two others were from Naples and the last from Fort Myers.

"They're regulars," she said of the Cape trio. "They're part of the main cast."

Started in 2010, "Curious Kids" is a 30-minute show, with multiple segments in each episode.

"It's hosted by local kids, and it's for kids and families," Emery said.