Ohio’s Original Interscholastic Creative Writing Program for Middle Schools

Northeast Region

Including Ashland, Medina, Portage, Wayne, and Southern Summit (see Lake Erie Region) Counties

Regional Director:
Sarah DiBenedetto

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

Northeast District 1
Saturday, January 7, 2023
St. Vincent-St. Mary High School
15 N. Maple Street, Akron 44303
Coordinator: TBD

Northeast District 2
Saturday, January 21, 2023
Ashland Middle School
1520 King Rd, Ashland 44805
Coordinator: Carolyn Hrinda

Qualifiers from both events will advance to the Northeast Ohio Regional Tournament hosted by:

Kent State University
Saturday, February 25, 2023

Bowman Hall, 850 Lester Lefton Esplanade, Kent 44240

Coordinator: TBD

Who's Going

Northeast District 1:
St. Vincent-St. Mary

20 positions available

Northeast District 2

Ashland Middle School

20 positions available

Sarah DiBenedetto

Sarah DiBenedetto has a Bachelors in Education in English Language Arts. She taught English language arts to grades 7, 8, and 11 in both Florida and Ohio for 10 years. After earning her masters in school guidance from Youngstown State University, she transitioned to her current position as a middle school guidance counselor at Brady Middle School, where she has been since 2009.

Serving as a Power of the Pen coach since 2010 has allowed her to combine her love for supporting middle schoolers’ academic and social emotional well being with her passion for writing. She is continually amazed by the creativity that comes from Power of the Pen writers.

In addition, Sarah is an Advisor for the WEB program (Where Everybody Belongs), an 8th grade leadership program that provides training for 8th graders to mentor the 6th grade class. Also, she has coordinated the Challenge Day Program for the district since 2010. 

In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her two children and her husband John. Living in Hudson, Ohio, a favorite activity is adventuring outside to one of the many nearby hiking trails. Sarah and her husband are avid CrossFit athletes and they enjoy traveling the country to attend the concerts of their favorite bands.

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

Support has been provided by Ohio Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

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