Ohio’s Original Interscholastic Creative Writing Program for Middle Schools

Eastern Region

Including Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Jefferson, Mahoning, Stark, and Trumbull Counties

Regional Director:
Julie Lyberger

Registration is open to the first 20 schools that register. Register for one District event only.

Eastern District 1
Friday, January 5, 2024
University of Mount Union
1972 Clark Ave. Alliance, OH 44601
Coordinator: Gwen Swartz


Eastern District 2
Saturday, February 3, 2024

South Range Middle School
11300 Columbiana Canfield Rd
Canfield, OH 44406
Coordinator: Deborah Staffeld

Qualifiers from both events will advance to:

Eastern Regional Tournament
Saturday, February 24, 2024
Lake Elementary
225 Lincoln St SW
Hartville, OH 44632
Coordinator: Julie Lyberger

Who's Going

Eastern District 1:

University of Mount Union

Alliance Middle School

Canton Country Day School

East Canton Middle School

East Palestine

Edison Middle School

Fairless Middle School

Jackson Middle School

Lake Middle High School

Marlington Middle School

Massillon Jr. High School

North Canton Middle School

Northwest Middle School

Oakwood Middle School

St. Joan of Arc School

St. Mary's School, Canton

St. Michael School, Canton

St. Sebastian School

West Branch Middle School

positions available

Eastern District 2:

South Range Middle School

Canfield Middle School

Green Middle School

Holy Family School

LaBrae Middle School

Lisbon David Anderson Jr. Sr. High


South Range Middle School

13 positions available

Julie Lyberger

Julie has been involved with POP for 25 years, starting as a coach and host of a district tournament while teaching at Lake Middle School. For the last 14 years she has served in multiple leadership roles: district host school, district and regional tab room coordinator, state building monitor coordinator and President of the Board of Trustees.

Julie is a retired administrator from Lake Local Schools in Hartville after 36 years in education. She has a BA in Education from the U. of Akron, as well as masters degrees in K-12 Educational Leadership and Educational Administration/ Superintendent licensure from Kent State.

Julie enjoys the thrill of reading the creative stories the students create, training and mentoring tab room coordinators, and working with coaches and writers to help them get the most out of their Power of the Pen experience.

Julie lives in North Canton with her husband, Mark, and their Shar Pei, Buckeye. She enjoys traveling to Columbus, OH and Huntersville, NC to visit her children.

Power of the Pen
PO Box 2640  |  North Canton, Ohio 44720

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