OHIO'S interscholastic WRITING LEAGUE for adolescents & young adults

Individual Finishers 1st through 12th place announced
for Southwest Regional: top 2 awarded scholarships

Top individual finishers at the 2017 Southwest Regional are as follows. 

In the Varsity Division: First Place: Max Miesse, Kenton Ridge High School, Springfield. Second Place: Zoee Biddle, Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center, Springfield. Third Place: Gabrielle Salvado, Indian Hill High School, Cincinnati. Fourth Place: Cayley Baker, Franklin-Monroe High School, Arcanum. Fifth Place: Cole Ritchie, Greeneview High School, Jamestown. Sixth Place: Ryanne Rinaldi, Cedar Cliff High School, Cedarville. Seventh Place: Emylee Stringfield, Greeneview High School, Jamestown. Eighth Place: Kaylee Ferguson, Greene County Career Center, Xenia. Ninth Place: Amber Alexander, Kenton Ridge High School, Springfield. Tenth Place: Kai Greenberg, Mariemont High School, Cincinnati. Eleventh Place: Onyx Kraner, Greeneview High School, Jamestown. Twelfth Place: Maculah Schuyler, Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center, Springfield.

In the Junior Varsity Division: First Place: Amelia Popowics, Mariemont High School, Cincinnati. Second Place, Cassidy Mackee, Oakwood High School, Dayton. Third Place: Heidi NeCamp, Indian Hill High School, Cincinnati. Fourth Place: Zayeb Lazreq, West Side Montessori, Toledo. Fifth Place: Eleanor Peters, The Miami Valley School, Dayton. Sixth Place: Donovan Geer, Shawnee High School, Springfield. Seventh Place: Amy Besecker, Franklin-Monroe High School, Arcanum. Eighth Place: Sachi Wilson, Oakwood High School, Dayton. Ninth Place: Coco Zhang, Oakwood High School, Dayton. Tenth Place: Ashley Grimmer, Mariemont High School, Cincinnati. Eleventh Place: Mackenzie Melson, Indian Hill High School, Cincinnati. Twelfth Place: Imelda Donnelly, The Miami Valley School, Dayton.

Having been named the 1st Place Varsity Writer at the 2017 PenOhio Southwest Regional, Max Meisse of Kenton Ridge High School in Springfield received a $1,000 scholarship from Wright State University to attend Wright State University. Amelia Popowics, the 1st Place JV Writer, was awarded a $400 scholarship from Cedarville University to attend the university's summer writing camp. Amelia currently attends Mariemont High School in Cincinnati.

KENTON IS GRAND CHAMP IN SOUTHWEST REGIONAL THAT DRAWS TEAMS FROM 3 CORNERS OF OHIO TO GREENEVIEW

PenOhio's 2017 season opened with a tribute by Dr. Lauen Onkey to rock legends. The annual tournament season ended on February 4 with a genuine feeling that encore performances are more than warranted. 

The Southwest Regional tournament, graciously hosted by Greeneview High School in Jamestown, Ohio--nestled between Columbus and Cincinnati--drew 26 teams from as far away as Athens and Toledo. Nary a soul was disappointed for the drive, either. It was a day tall on Ohio-proud hospitality, creativity, and spirit.

Certified tournament resulted will be released to schools approximately one week after the close of the tournament via mail or email. PenOhio tournament trophies are awarded for individual and team performances in first through third place, and to the Tournament Grand Champion who earns the most combined JV and Varsity rank and quality points.

The 2017 PenOhio Southwest Tournament Grand Champion Trophy was awarded to Kenton Ridge High School of Springfield: JV Coach Jennifer Whip; Varsity Coach Andrew Buckles. Kenton Ridge also won the "Writer Props" creative video trophy (a big stuffed dog) by viewer choice, sponsored by Greeneview High School.

In the Varsity Division, Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center of Springfield placed second, coached by Wendy DeLong; Shawnee High School, also of Springfield, finished third, coached by Erin Phillips; and Greeneview High School of Jamestown placed fourth, coached by Daniel Kloosterman.

In the Junior Varsity Division, Oakwood High School of Dayton finished first, coached by Emily Sullivan; Indian Hill High School of Cincinnati finished second, coached by Thomas Millard; Kenton Ridge High School of Springfield placed third, coached by Jennifer Whip; and Morgan County High School of McConnelsville placed fourth, coached by Grant Wilcoxon.

Special thanks to Greeneview High School, Greeneview Academic Boosters, the Greeneview Board of Education, Principal Brian Masser, and the staff and faculty of the host school. There has never been a finer host of a Pen tournament.

HUDSON IS GRAND CHAMP AT 2017 KSU REGIONAL; 5 COUNTIES HAVE SCHOOLS RANK IN TOP SLOTS

PenOhio's second 2017 Regional writing tournament proved that small, rural schools can compete favorably with bigger, better-funded suburban counterparts. Teams from Buckeye, Field, and Alliance joined traditional powerhouse schools like Jackson and Hudson to win prestigious PenOhio awards for Creative Writing Excellence.

The PenOhio Heartland Regional Tournament was held on Saturday, January 21, 2017, at Kent State University at Stark in North Canton, Ohio. Certified tournament resulted will be released to schools approximately one week after the close of the tournament via mail or email. Trophies are awarded for individual and team performances in first through third place, and to the Tournament Grand Champion who earns the most combined JV and Varsity rank and quality points.

The 2017 PenOhio Heartland Tournament Grand Champion Trophy is presented to Hudson High School: JV Coach Bryan Carr; Varsity Coaches Gina VonVille and Christine Radie. Hudson teams finished first in both the JV and Varsity Divisions by narrow margins over 2nd place teams, meaning that competition in PenOhio is strengthening as the league is maturing into its second season.

In the Varsity Division, Alliance High School places second, coached by Thomas Wilson; Field High School finishes third, coached by Connie Tenney; and Buckeye Local High School places fourth, coached by Dylan Stickler.

In the Junior Varsity Division, Independence High School finishes second, coached by Jill Wagner; Field High School places third, coached by Emily Dreger; and Jackson High School places fourth, coached by Keisha Lennon.

Special thanks to Deborah Phillipp, Admissions Director of Kent State University of Stark, Garth Holman, Gary Sirak, Curt Tinlan, Jackie Lovelace, and many more.

Individual Finishers 1st through 12th place announced for KSU Regional: top 2 awarded KSU at Stark scholarships 

Top individual finishers at the 2017 Heartland Regional are as follows. 

In the Varsity Division: First Place: Nick Sandone, Hudson High School. Second Place: Alaina Carpenter, Jackson High School. Third Place: Olivia Yoder, Marlington High School. Fourth Place: Brianna Pasco, Buckeye High School. Fifth Place: Cassie Sierravalle, Alliance High School. Sixth Place: David Amato, Jackson High School. Seventh Place: Arianna Callock, Alliance High School. Eighth Place: Elizabeth Day, Mount Vernon High School. Ninth Place: Mikhala West, J. A. Garfield High School. Tenth Place: Mariana Romeo, Alliance High School. Eleventh Place: Nolan Kelemen, Hudson High School. Twelfth Place: Zoe Stitzer, Hudson High School. 

In the Junior Varsity Division: First Place: Aly McVan, Hudson High School. Second Place, Anna Yost, Independence High School. Third Place: Subi Simmons, Hudson High School. Fourth Place: Caroline Funk, Hudson High School. Fifth Place: Rachel de Haan, Independence High School. Sixth Place: Ellie Church, Hudson High School. Seventh Place: Colette Liepert, Independence High School. Eighth Place: Sara Lambright, Buckeye High School. Ninth Place: Katelyn Howell, Alliance High School. Tenth Place: Amanda Stayer, Field High School. Eleventh Place: Kaitlyn Maley, Marlington High School. Twelfth Place: Jordyn Ritchie, Marlington High School.

Nick Sandone and Alaina Carpenter are each awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Kent State University at Stark, according to Admissions Director Deborah Phillipp. In the event that either student should apply, be accepted, and enroll at Kent State University at Stark, the scholarship may be applied, in addition to any other scholarships or awards to which the student(s) may be entitled, to defray costs of college tuition.


North Coast Regional announces individual finishers
in JV and Varsity Divisions: best upcoming authors

Top individual finishers at the 2017 North Coast Regional are as follows. 

In the Varsity Division: First Place: Alice Wu, Western Reserve Academy. Second Place: Gabi Risko, Aurora High School. Third Place: Jack Jester, Revere High School. Fourth Place: Somalia Garrison, Maple Heights High School. Fifth Place: Natalie Bauman, St. Joseph Academy. Sixth Place: Anna Anderson, Western Reserve Academy. Seventh Place: Libby Duncan, Revere High School. Eighth Place: Kathryn Slates, Aurora High School. Ninth Place: Marc Franquesa, Western Reserve Academy. Tenth Place: Madison Umina, Revere High School. Eleventh Place: Maurica Smith, Maple Heights High School. Twelfth Place: Kathy Jung, Gilmour Academy.

In the Junior Varsity Division. First Place: Lily Cowie, Revere High School. Second Place, Keeyanna Curley, St. Vincent St. Mary High School. Third Place: Chloe Zelch, Western Reserve Academy. Fourth Place: Joey Houska, Western Reserve Academy. Fifth Place: Adia Bednarcyk, Revere High School. Sixth Place: Katie Kraynak, Revere High School. Seventh Place: Grace Thomas, St. Joseph Academy. Eighth Place: Ryan Kacmar, Aurora High School. Ninth Place: Grace Foskett, Western Reserve Academy. Tenth Place: Amanda Minich, West Branch High School. Eleventh Place: Tatum Miller, Aurora High School. Twelfth Place: Gabriella Mulchin, Gilmour Academy.

WRA, AURORA, REVERE, & STVSTM HAUL AWAY TOP AWARDS AT NORTH COAST PENOHIO REGIONAL

PenOhio kicked off its capstone writing tournament series on Saturday, January 14, 2017, with a 20-team tournament at The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities on the Eastern Campus of Cuyahoga Community College. Certified tournament resulted will be released to schools approximately one week after the close of the tournament via mail or email.

The tournament Grand Champion trophy was presented to Western Reserve Academy: JV Coach, Matt Peterson; Varsity Coach, Midge Caram. 

WRA took First Place in both the JV and Varsity Divisons, though Peterson claims the team does little to practice formally (??!!). He says the talent of the school's writers is innate. 

In the Varsity Divison, Revere High School placed second, coached by Linda Corman; Aurora High School placed third, coached by Conni Hilston; and West Branch finished fourth, coached by Kerry Varble.

In the Junior Varsity Division, Aurora High School placed second, also coached by Hilston; St. Vincent St. Mary High School placed third, coached by Abby Diamond; and Revere High School finished fourth, coached by Corman.

HELP GROW OHIO'S INTERSCHOLASTIC WRITING LEAGUE!

There's no better way to advance Writing Across the Curriculum than to engage students in a writing experience that challenges, inspires, and rewards their excellence in written expression. This philosophy is at the heart of an Ohio-based phenomenon that's thrived in our Middle Schools for 30 years.

Since 1986, Power of the Pen has promoted outstanding writing in grades 7 and 8 through interscholastic tournament competitions spanning the State. Now, we invite your help to expand the same opportunity to students and teachers in grades 9 through 12 by becoming a founding member of PenOhio.

Team registrations are now being accepted for PenOhio Interscholastic High School Writing Tournaments that will take place beginning in January, 2017. All Ohio schools--public, private, parochial, and charter--are welcome to become PenOhio members, field teams, and benefit from the experience.

To register, a school must complete and return the 2017 PenOhio Registration. Please do not delay in doing so, as PenOhio's pre-tournament Writing Workshop Series, an 8-week video series, begins October 26, 2016. Online access to the series will be limited to participating schools.


What is PenOhio and How Does It Work?

PenOhio is a non-profit organization being launched in Ohio to help high school students and their teachers advance excellence in expressive writing. The program is designed to specifically address College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing as directed by The Ohio Department of Education.

We are a membership-based organization, governed by a Volunteer Advisory Board, that is being incubated thanks to investments from Ohio-based foundations, corporations, and institutions who want to see better writers matriculate from our high schools.


PenOhio's aim is to help you and your high school advance writing as a life skill by offering these opportunities to members:
  • Pre-Tournament Writing Workshops, led by Ohio's most respected writing teachers and scholars. Workshops are designed to help writers and teachers, and provide an excellent supplement to classroom instruction. In 2017, these workshops will be offered in a convenient YouTube format, posted to the PenOhio website beginning October 26, 2016, and extending for a period of 8 weeks.

  • Interscholastic Writing Tournaments, made accessible to teams of writers from high schools across Ohio. All tournaments feature a full-day (Saturday) competition where writers compete in 3, 40-minute rounds of narrative writing in response to prompts not known in advance. Submissions are judged on-site by teacher/coaches representing other Ohio high schools. Top finishers receive both individual and team awards, including trophies and scholarships. All competitors and schools receive both qualitative and quantitative performance assessment data.

  • Post-Tournament Instructional Support, aimed at driving the value of the PenOhio experience back into the classroom, is provided to teachers upon the conclusion of the tournament season. This support includes sharing with teachers (1) all tournament prompts used in competition; and (2) samples of award-winning responses, as selected by PenOhio judges. Teachers are then encouraged to administer the same prompts in their classrooms, and then help students evaluate their own work in comparison with Models of Excellence supplied by PenOhio. This helps students understand ways in which their writing is strong, and how it is different that writing on the same topic which is deemed by educators to be the very best.

  • Continuous Engagement, through membership in PenOhio. Our vision is to build a network whereby best practices in both instruction and assessed work is shared across a broad network of high schools. We invite teachers and students to maintain their involvement in the PenOhio movement year round so that we continuously growth membership, value, and return on investment.

  • PenOhio
    A United Fellowship of The Pen Program

    PO Box 13291 
    Akron, OH 44334

    330.806.0496
    info@penohio.org

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