Briar Middle School Students Take Top Honors In Power Of The Pen Competition 

Briar Middle School Power of the Pen teams

Briar Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade students flexed their creative writing muscles in the annual Power of the Pen district competition on Saturday, Jan. 26, in Tiffin. The students won individual and team awards.


The eighth-grade team of Caroline Gast, Greta Gross, Emily Mitchel, Kaydee Streng, Franklin Whipple, and Malea White won first place. Meanwhile, the seventh-grade team of Brodie Bibler, Elysia Heyman, Emmy Le, Olivia Mason, Emma Sturzinger, and Adam West placed second. (Article continues below photo)

Power of the Pen eighth grade winners.


Five Briar students also won individual awards:

  • Malea White - first place overall, Grade 8

  • Caroline Gast - third place overall, Grade 8

  • Greta Gross - fourth place overall, Grade 8

  • Emily Mitchel - seventh place overall, Grade 8

  • Emmy Le - third place overall, Grade 7

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Seventh grade Power of the Pen winner Emmy Le

Team members will now move on to the regional competition at Lourdes College in Sylvania on March 6. If they are successful at the regional level, they will compete in the state tournament at the College of Wooster on May 23-24.


Six seventh-graders and six eighth-graders participated in the district competition. They competed against 11 other schools from across northwest Ohio.


The district competition called for the students to respond in writing to three prompts. They had 40 minutes to respond to each prompt, all of which they had never seen before.


The seventh-grade prompts were:  

  • You may be down, but you're not out. Stage your comeback.

  • Temporarily ________.  Fill in the blank and use this phrase to develop the theme of your story.

  • The Threat.  Develop your story around this idea.

The eighth-grade prompts were:

  • Don't look back. Why not?

  • Hurricane _________.  Name it and chart its path.

  • Oh, no! Things can't get any worse, or can they?


Teachers Mary Darr and Megan Dotson coach the Briar Middle School Power of the Pen teams.


Posted by j_stacklin On 28 January, 2019 at 10:54 AM