Seventh and eighth grade students have a unique and wonderful opportunity to flex their creativity, develop their prowess with the pen, compete with students across the region and perhaps state, and accrue accolades. The Power of the Pen (POP) is an Ohio program that fosters and rewards creative writing.
Students attend a one-hour practice weekly either during lunch and intervention or after school that prepares them to compete in a short story writing tournament. The first tournament - district - is held at Clark State in December. During this tournament students have three rounds of competition. During each round they are given a prompt and 40 minutes to write a short story based on the prompt. The top 50% of writers advance to the regional competition held at Wittenberg in March. The top 20% of writers at the regional competition advanced to the state-level competition at Wooster College in May. At regional and state competitions scholarships are awarded to the top writers.
The Southeastern Team will consist of six seventh grade and six eighth grade writers, along with up to two alternates for each grade level. Coaches are Wendy DeLong, Melissa Johnson, and Kristen O'Hara. Students will have an opportunity to learn more about POP, practice for the tryout, and tryout at the beginning of the school year. Prepare for take-off!