Power of the Pen

     Power of the Pen is a state writing competition for 7th and 8th graders. Students are judged on a holistic method which means that grammar and spelling are not taken into consideration. Judges look for creativity and how the students address the topic. Students are given a topic, blank paper, and 40 minutes in which to create a narrative or essay based on that theme. Approximately 3,000 7th and 8th graders begin writing in Tournaments throughout the sate of Ohio in January of each year. The culmination is the State Tournament in which about 700 students compete.

     The Marlington Power of the Pen Team is coached by Mrs. Mary Staib. Back in late October students begin trying out for the team which is made up of six 7th graders and six 8th graders. Practices are held weekly through May when the top writers advance to the State Competition.

     This year we have 3 writers who have qualified for the State Tournament to be held at the College of Wooster on May 25. Congratulations to Melissa Treharn, Melissa West, and Lindsey Schrock.

Last updated April 11, 2007

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