Ohio’s Original Interscholastic Creative Writing Program for Middle Schools

Northeast Region

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

Regional Director:
Mary Anderson

Registration is open to the first 20 schools that register. 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.

Northeast District 1
January 9, 2021
St. Vincent-St. Mary High School
Coordinator: Mary Anderson

Northeast District 2
January 23, 2021
Ashland Middle School
Coordinator: Carolyn Hrinda

Qualifiers from both events will advance to the Northeast Ohio Regional Tournament at

Kent State University
February 27, 2021

On February 27, 2021
Coordinator: Mary Anderson

Who's Going

Northeast District 1:
St. Vincent St. Mary

Chamberlin Middle School
Chippewa Middle School
Crestwood Middle School
Field Middle School
Highland Middle School
Holy Family Catholic School
Immaculate Heart of Mary School
Kimpton Middle School
Our Lady of the Elms
Sacred Heart School
Seton Catholic School
St. Augustine School
St. Sebastian School
St. Vincent dePaul School
Wadsworth Middle School
Woodridge Middle School

4 positions available

Northeast District 2
Ashland MS

A. I Root Middle School
Ashland Middle School
Brunswick Middle School 
Claggett Middle School
Black River Middle School
Edgewood Middle School
Green Middle School
Hillsdale Middle School
John R. Lea Middle School
Lakeview Middle School
Loudonville-Perry Ex. Village School
Norwayne Middle School
Shelby Middle School
St. Mary Avon

6 positions available

Mary Anderson

Mary Anderson has a B.S. in Education, an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, and an Education Specialist degree, all from Kent State University. She  has been involved in Power of the Pen since 1987. She was a coach whose students loved Power of the Pen and fared very well in tournaments. She traveled the state acting as a Tab Room supervisor for many years with her husband Bill, a computer scorer.

Mary has been involved with the State Committee as secretary and president. She now serves as the Northeast Regional Director. She was a contributing author of the Center for Learning’s Biography series, and penned a chapter in a book for teachers titled Why Workshop?

Mary was selected Teacher of the Year at several schools and was honored as Outstanding Teacher at the Power of the Pen State Tournament in 2002. In 2013 she received the Mahar Award as a notable alumna of St. Mary High School.

She has retired from teaching but works as a tutor two days per week. She remains committed to Power of the Pen because of its inestimable impact on young writers.


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