The Pen is Mightier than the Pandemic

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On May 16, Chagrin Falls Middle School students participated in the Power of the Pen virtual online tournament along with hundreds of other eager writers from around the state thanks to Kent State University.  Using virtual classrooms, student writers were able to continue to hone their writing skills and have a sense of creative comradery during scheduled Google Hangouts.  These writers included James Wilkinson, Sophia Clark, Lilla Orien, Gracie Ryan, Fraya Brattebo and Nathan Nguyen.  

“I was so excited that Power of the Pen and Kent State were able to put this on-line tournament together for the writers,” said Coach Larry Richmond.  “Each has been working so hard since October.  For a school with such a small student population to have this many writers advance to this regional tournament is cause for celebration.  It is unfortunate that a state tournament will not be held.  Our very own ninth-grader, Marie Kanzinger, would have been honored for her outstanding performance last year.  I am proud of all of the writers’ efforts.”

This year Chagrin Falls had a strong showing.  The seventh-grade team came in second place and a trophy will be delivered to the school at a later date.  Seventh-grader Fraya Brattebo had a combined score that landed her a 6th place finish out of all of the seventh graders who competed.  Eighth-grader James Wilkinson was awarded a “Best-of-Round” award for his piece entitled, “ Whistling.”  That piece was then given an advanced accolade by being named, “Best of the Best.”  That distinction allows James’ writing to be printed in the annual Book of Winners.  The scores for the hundreds of entries were tabulated and shared with the teams through an online awards ceremony later broadcast on May 28.   

“All of these young authors are to be congratulated for their efforts during this unusual writing season,” said Richmond.

Providing an educational experience empowering students to maximize their potential!

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