Ohio’s Original Interscholastic Creative Writing Program for Middle Schools

Lake Erie Region

Including Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, and Southeast Cuyahoga and Northern Summit Counties

Regional Director:
Barb Tschantz
(330) 704-1436

Registration is open on a first-come, first-served basis. Register for one District event only.

Due to the pandemic, district and regional tournaments will take place online, not on the premises of the host school.

Lake Erie District 1
Saturday, January 9, 2021
Lake Erie College
Coordinator: Barb Tschantz
(330) 704-1436


Lake Erie District 2
Saturday, January 30, 2021
University School
Coordinator: Charlie Oberndorf

Qualifiers from both events will advance to the Lake Erie Regional Tournament at

Hudson Middle School
Saturday, March 13, 2021
Coordinator: Mike Fejes

Who’s Going

Lake Erie District 1:
Lake Erie College

Andrews Osborne Academy
Chagrin Falls Middle School
Chardon Middle School
Cornerstone Christian Academy
Fairport Harding High School
Heritage Middle School
Kenston Middle School
Kirtland Middle School
Memorial Middle School
Notre Dame Elementary School
Perry Middle School
Shore Middle School
St. Joan of Arc
St. Rita Catholic School
West Geauga Middle School
Westside School of the Arts

positions available

Lake Erie District 2:
University School

Ballard Brady Middle School
Beachwood Middle School
Communion of Saints
Gross Schechter Day School
Hudson Middle School
Independence Middle School
Laurel School
Mandel JDS
Mayfield Middle School
Nordonia Middle School
Shaker Heights Middle School
Solon Middle School
St. Francis of Assisi School
The Ratner School
Ruffing Montessori School
University School

4 positions available

Barb Tschantz

Barb serves as Executive Director of Power of the Pen. She has been involved with Power of the Pen since 2009 as a judge, coach, tab room supervisor, and regional director, recently managing tournaments throughout Northern Ohio. Barb is a former instructor of middle childhood reading and writing in Kent State University’s School of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies. She also serves as co-director of the National Writing Project at Kent State University.

After more than a decade of experience with Power of the Pen, Barb remains in awe of the creativity and wisdom demonstrated in the writing of the program’s young authors.

Power of the Pen
PO Box 442  |  Richfield, Ohio 44286

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