The 7th and 8th grade Power of the Pen teams competed in district competition at McKinney Middle School in Yellow Springs on Saturday. We were moved early in the year from the Botkins district to McKinney, where we felt the competition was even tougher than we had experienced in previous years.
Each team member writes for three 40 minute periods on three different prompts they have never seen before. They are judged on creativity, voice/unity, structure/ideas, and figurative language
Our 7th grade team coached by Bridget Hughes and consisting of Taylor Hudson, Victoria Nordquist, Lauren Wyant, Abby Walker, Laura Fink, and Gillian Schlotterbeck took 2nd place overall behind perennial writing powerhouse McKinney Middle School. Victoria was the overall 7th grade winner with three straight ones (highest score on each piece of writing) and Honorable Mention for Best of Round in rounds 1 and 3. Taylor Hudson took 3rd place.
Our 8th grade team coached by Amy Armentrout and consisting of Mary Kate Lee, Tori Livesay, Faithe Walker, Mya Vyas, Jenny Peele, and Sydney Ignet took first place overall beating McKinney’s 8th grade team! Tori was 12th and Faithe was 2nd with an Honorable Mention for Best of Round for round #1.
Both teams will see action again on Saturday, March 23rd for regionals at Fort Loramie Middle School. Qualifiers from regionals will go on to state Memorial Day weekend at the College of Wooster.
Please congratulate these girls when you see them today! We are so proud of all of them!
Amy Armentrout and Bridget Hughes