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:

Northeast Regional Tournament
Saturday, February 25, 2023
Kent State University
Bowman Hall, 850 Lester Lefton Esplanade, Kent 44240
Coordinator: TBD

Who's Going

Northeast District 1:
St. Vincent-St. Mary

Brunswick Middle School

Copley-Fairlawn Middle School

Crestwood 7-12

Holy Family School

Immaculate Heart of Mary School

Kimpton Middle School

Manchester Middle School

Nordonia Middle School

Our Lady of the Elms

R. B. Chamberlin Middle School

Sacred Heart of Jesus School

Stanton Middle School

Seton Catholic School

St. Patrick School

St. Sebastian School

Wadsworth Middle School

Woodridge Middle School

3 positions available

Northeast District 2

Ashland Middle School

A.I.Root Middle School

Ashland Middle School

Birchwood School of Hawken

Black River Middle School

Central Christian School

Chippewa Junior High School

Claggett Middle School

Edgewood Middle School

Green Middle School

Highland Middle School

Hillsdale Middle School

John R. Lea Middle School

Loudonville Junior High School

Norwalk St. Paul Catholic Junior High 

Norwayne Middle School

Ontario Middle School

Shelby Middle School

St. Francis Xavier

West Holmes Middle School

1 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

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