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 6, 2024
Ashland Middle School
1520 King Rd, Ashland 44805
Coordinator: Carolyn Hrinda


Northeast District 2
Saturday, February 3, 2024
Brunswick Middle School
1483 Pearl Rd, Brunswick 44212
Coordinator: Dana Delnay & Cheryl Carlisle

Qualifiers from both events will advance to:

Northeast Regional Tournament
Saturday, March 16th

Kent State University
Bowman Hall, 850 Lester Lefton Esplanade, Kent 44240
Coordinator: Sarah DiBenedetto

Who's Going

Northeast District 1
Ashland Middle School

Ashland Middle School

Black River Middle School

Central Christian School

Copley-Fairlawn Middle School

Chippewa Junior/Senior High School

John R. Lea Middle School

Loudonville Junior High School

Norwayne Middle School

Ontario Middle School

Shelby Middle School

10 positions available

Northeast District 2:
Brunswick Middle School

A I Root

Barberton Middle School

Brunswick Middle School

Claggett Middle School

Crestwood 7-12

Holy Family School-Stow

Highland Middle School

Immaculate Heart of Mary School

Manchester Middle School

Nordonia Middle School

Kenston Middle School

Kimpton Middle School

Our Lady of the Elms

R.B. Chamberlin Middle School

Sacred Heart of Jesus School

Seton Middle School

Spring Garden Waldorf School

Stanton Middle School

St. Francis Xavier

St. Patrick School

Wadsworth Middle School

West Holmes Middle School

Woodridge School


Sarah DiBenedetto

Sarah DiBenedetto is a middle school guidance counselor in the Cleveland area, where she has worked since 2009. Prior to that, she taught middle and high school language arts in Florida and Ohio for 10 years.

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

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