Ridge Junior's "Power of the Pen" Group Going Strong for 11 Years

Ridge Junior's "Power of the Pen" Group Going Strong for 11 Years

The following is an article about the writing club at Ridge Junior. Who better to write the story than the writing club themselves...

"Power of the Pen" is a unique opportunity for junior high students all across the state of Ohio to show off their writing skills.

When students compete at the district and regional levels, they are given a writing prompt which they must turn into a well-developed narrative in only 40 minutes. After students complete writing three prompts over a period of two hours, their writing is judged and scored based on a variety of criteria. Should contestants make it to the state tournament at the College of Wooster, they are only allowed 30 minutes to complete each writing piece.
 
Ridge Junior School has been participating in Power of the Pen for 11 years and has had many successful seasons. This year’s group of “Super Scribers”, as they are referred to, are made up of four 7th graders and seven 8th graders.  Per state rules, each team can only have six writers compete for each grade level, making this team truly elite.

In January, the Super Scribers of Ridge went up against twenty-two Cincinnati area schools at the Indian Hill district tournament. Over two hundred of the region’s best junior high writers competed for a chance to move on to the regional tournament at Wyoming Middle School on March 19. Seventh-grader Noah Vaillancourt secured his spot with an impressive 15th place finish of over 100 seventh-grade writers. Eighth-graders Maftuna Abduganieva, Emily Garver, Kaeley Hahn, Lindsey Perkins, and Lauren Whitehead will be moving on as well.

Students enjoy practicing for competitions by engaging in spontaneous, and often wacky writing exercises, extended narrative practice, and positive peer review. On any given day of the school week, you may just find one of these talented writers sporting their iconic t-shirts, which lets the world know, “Writing is our SUPERPOWER!”


Members of Ridge Junior's Power of the Pen group include Jaedyn Pawlowski, Ben Simpson, Sasha Kidd, Mia Alikhan, Abby Sturgeon, Noah Vaillancourt, Maftuna Abduganieva, Emily Garver, Kaeley Hahn, Lindsey Perkins, and Lauren Whitehead. The advisor for the group is teacher Jonathan Ferrell.