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Gahanna Students Win Numerous Power of the Pen Awards

G-J middle school students win numerous Power of the Pen awards

Image: GJPS & Power of the PenIt is fitting that Gahanna-Jefferson served as the host site for the central Ohio Power of the Pen™ District Competition Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. Of the more than 250 students in grades 7-8, from 24 area schools, across the four counties that make up the central Ohio POP District, 11 G-J scribes placed within the top 50. They are:

    Jared Mair - 1st & POP District Champ | GMSE Grade 7
•  Abha Panda - 3rd | GMSE Grade 8
  Madi Weldon - 4th | GMSE Grade 7
  April Finch - 5th | GMSE Grade 7
  Colin Jordan - 7th GMSE Grade 7
  Sarah Coon - 12th | GMSE Grade 7
  Anna Merickel - 15th | GMSW Grade 8
  Makayli Bosaw - 19th | GMSW Grade 7
  Elizabeth Parry - 20th | GMSS Grade 7
  Sarah Heaberlin - 23rd | GMSW Grade 7
•  Dani Biro - 50th - 50th | GMSW | Grade 7

The GMSE 7th grade team with POP District 1st Place trophies. The team is advancing to an upcoming regional competition. Accompanying them to the regional competition are seven students from GMSS and  four from GMSW.

The GMSE 7th grade team was awarded the central Ohio Pop District's 1st Place designation and will advance to an upcoming regional competition March 16, 2013. GMSE students Sarah Coon and Anna Polster (grade 8)  were recognized with Best of Round awards, given to the most outstanding written pieces from a pool of more than 125 students. GMSE’s Colin Jordan received an Honorable Mention designation in this category as well.

Congratulations are in order for all three Gahanna middle schools’ student writers and coaches for their impressive work. Collectively they have represented Gahanna-Jefferson well and will do so at the upcoming regional competition. — GMSW Principal Brett Harmon

NOTE: In addition to the Feb. 16 District Tournament, there are two more upcoming tournament levels within the 2013 Ohio POP: the regional competition, March 16, 2013, hosted by New Albany HS and the POP State Finals, May 23-24, 2013, hosted by the College of Wooster.

“Power of the Pen provides our students with additional opportunities to develop writing skills at an early age while gaining confidence in competitive situations, said Diane Heinmiller, who serves as GMSE’s language arts instructor and POP coach.

More about the Ohio Power of the Pen
The Ohio Power of the Pen program was founded in 1987 by Lorraine B. Merrill, a former middle school teacher of language arts. The program was incorporated in 1989 as a 501(c)3. Its board of trustees includes representatives from the business, industry, media professions, as well as the field of education. It provides interscholastic tournament competitions for young writers throughout Ohio. It also assists teachers in the ongoing task of facilitating great student writing by providing tools and resources to identify, challenge, and reward excellence. The central Ohio POP District is made of schools throughout Licking, Franklin, Knox and Delaware counties.

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