Three Madison-Plains junior high students have proven this past year they really have power in their pens.
Power of the Pen advisor Tammy Pitstick reported the three joined the team at the first of the year and made enough progress to write their way into respectable places in year-end competition.
Lily Virjee qualified for state-level competition by virtue of her 11th place result at regional level of 300 writers and sixth-place at district of 200 writers.
Taylor Nelson, placed 41st in the regional (top 20 made it to state) and 21st at the districts.
Kendra Kreager received an honorable mention in a “fun write,” and placed 13th at district competition, which qualified her for regional level.
Pitstick said students try out for the team at the beginning of the year. They write a piece based on a prompt Pitstick gives them. Then, by hand, they write for a measured period of time. In competition they have three rounds of 40-minute periods. The drafts are then judged by Pitstick’s fellow staff members.
“We practice after school or if they have an intervention period,” Pitstick said.
She said 3,000 students in Ohio take part in the competition, and 120,000 writers compete nationwide.
“It’s a good experience for them. They’re around all these smart kids,” Pitstick said.
Dean Shipley can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 17 or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.