(March 16, 2018) – Wooster City School District’s PenOhio writing team recently competed against students from six counties at the 2018 PenOhio 7/8 Division Wooster Central North Regional tournament. The team was the tournament grand champion with a combined seventh and eighth-grade team score of 6,312.
PenOhio is an interscholastic writing competition for seventh and eighth-grade students, replacing the longstanding Power of the Pen program. Also at the tournament, the eighth-grade team took first place out of 12 teams and the seventh-grade team took second place out of 14 teams. Nora Levy, a seventh-grader, took third place overall in the individual competition out of 69 other writers.
“I am pleased that so many students have the opportunity to improve their narrative writing skills in such a creative way,” said Polly Fenton, the seventh-grade PenOhio coach at Edgewood Middle School. “I like that young writers have the opportunity to be rewarded for their writing talents while competing as individuals and as a team.”
There are 40 students in Wooster’s PenOhio program, which is open to any student in grades seven or eight. The seventh-grade team consists of six students, including Mary (Minnie) Pozefsky, Ashley Schroer, Nora Levy, Lauren Ciha, Chloe Frichtl and Amy Nielson. Coached by eighth-grade English teacher Chelsey Porter, the eighth-grade team consists of six students, including Sylvie Shaya, Dakota Rowland, Noah Bosler-Kilmer, Molly Snyder, Colin Moninger and Anna Schultz.
Students in the club must try out for the competition team.
Currently, only seventh and eighth-grade students are involved in PenOhio, but Wooster City Schools plans to offer the program to students in grades nine through twelve and join the high school division next year. This way, students will have the possibility of being involved in the program for six years.
PenOhio is currently comprised of public, private and parochial schools across Ohio and is the flagship of the national non-profit, State Charter of The United Fellowship of the Pen (UFP). The program relies on praise and inspiration to help young people develop confidence in a written voice that is uniquely and powerfully their own.
“These students are very talented and they embrace all aspects of the creative writing process,” said Director of Secondary Education Rich Leone. “Congratulations to all who competed in the competition and for winning the tournament grand champion award! We are very proud of our students.”