Power of the Pen students head to state competition
Sarah Sole

Four Form VII students are headed to state competition for Power of the Pen, Ohio's interscholastic, creative writing program for middle school students. CSG celebrated with a school-wide parade! 

Form VII students Ella Armstrong, Quinn Aubert, Reese Kessler, and Sydney Poindexter are heading to the Power of the Pen State Tournament at Otterbein University on May 12 and 13! We kicked off this exciting week with a school-wide, State-Bound parade! 

During their two days at the state tournament, students will attend a creative writing workshop led by Otterbein assistant professor and playwright, Jeremy Llorence, bond at a team dinner and dance, write at least three pieces of original fiction (in 35 minutes each!), and hear a keynote speech by author Jasmine Warga (a former Power of the Pen writer in her middle school days). Jasmine Warga visited CSG’s campus to meet with students a few years ago!

Power of the Pen is Ohio’s interscholastic, creative writing program for middle school students. Students first compete in district level competitions. If they qualify, students then compete at regional level competitions. From there, qualifying students are selected to compete in the state-wide competition. 

CSG’s teams were very successful at districts and regionals earlier this year. 

The 7th-grade team finished 5th and the 8th-grade team finished 6th out of 19 teams at Districts. Ella Armstrong finished 12th out of 94 7th-grade writers; Sydney Poindexter finished 18th. Grace Chapman finished 4th out of 77 9th-grade writers; Sarah Ibel finished 9th.

The 7th-grade team finished 4th out of 35 teams at Regionals. Reese Kessler finished 15th out of 102 7th-grade writers; Ella Armstrong finished 16th. Ella’s story “A City of Flames” was recognized as a Best of Round award recipient.

The Power of the Pen team is coached by middle school English teachers Beth Garcia and Elizabeth Page. 

We wish all of these students and their coaches the best of luck! We are so proud of all they have already accomplished, and we know they will represent CSG well at the State Tournament. Go Unies!