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Willah Hoelzle wins Power of the Pen tournament

Power of the Pen participants
Posted On: Saturday, February 1, 2020

Power of the Pen participants

Pictured (left to right): Ella, Jenna, and Willah

Eighth graders Ella Olah, Jenna Halbig-Sanchez, and Willah Hoelzle competed in the Northwest Ohio District 1 Power of the Pen tournament this weekend at Tiffin Middle School.

Willah finished first; she had the best-ranking paper in all three writing rounds and earned 289 out of 300 quality points. Willah advances to regionals March 11 at Lourdes University.

“I am so proud of these girls and all the hard work they have put in to prepare for the tournament,” said advisor Laurel Underwood.

Thanks to gifted teacher Luke Fannin for helping to judge during the tournament. Best of luck at regionals! Go Green Bears!

About Power of the Pen (POP):

POP is committed to being the leading interscholastic program in written expression. Originally designed for writers at the 7th and 8th grade levels, POP:

  • Delivers interscholastic tournament competitions for young writers throughout Ohio.
  • Assists teachers in the ongoing task of facilitating better student writing by providing quality tools and resources to identify, challenge, and reward excellence.
  • Provides teachers with an educational network that shares ideas and instructional materials to improve expressive writing skills.

The program's aim is to positively impact academic achievement overall. POP does so by providing in-class instructional aids that will serve more than 120,000 students in Ohio this year. More than 7,500 students will compete directly in a Power of the Pen tournament.

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