Ohio’s Original Interscholastic Creative Writing Program for Middle Schools

Northern Region

Including Crawford, Erie, Huron, Lorain, Richland, and most of Cuyahoga (see Lake Erie Region) Counties

Regional Director:
Cheryl Yates-Bledsoe

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

Northern District 1
Saturday, January 13, 2024

Fairview High School

4507 W 213th St. Fairview Park, OH 44126

Coordinator: Kale Chevalier


Northern District 2
Saturday, February 17, 2024
***this is a date change

St. Raphael School
525 Dover Center Road
Bay Village, OH 44140

Coordinator: Kim Hirsch  

Qualifiers from both events will advance to:

Northern Regional Tournament
Saturday, March 9, 2024

Baldwin Wallace University
275 Eastland Rd.
Berea, OH 44017
Coordinator: Denise Kohn

Who's Going

Northern District 1:
Fairview High School

Brecksville Broadview Heights

Clear Fork Middle School

Columbia Middle School

Edison Middle School

Holy Trinity

Langston Middle School

Lewis F. Mayer Middle School

North Royalton Middle School

Olmsted Falls Middle School

Saints Joseph and John

St. Columbkille

St. Mary Berea

St. Mary of the Falls School

St. Michael

positions available

Northern District 2:
St. Raphael School

Bay Middle School


Bethany Lutheran School

Birchwood School of Hawken

Briar Middle School

Brooklyn School

Independence Middle School

Lake Ridge Academy

Nordonia Middle School

North Ridgeville Academic Center

Open Door Christian School

Rocky River Middle School

Saint Albert the Great

Saint Ambrose School

Saint Raphael

St. Bernadette

St. Charles Borromeo Parish School

St. Christopher School

St. Joseph School Avon Lake

St. Jude

St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception

St. Paul Lutheran


Cheryl Yates-Bledsoe

Cheryl is currently a classroom teacher and Gifted Intervention Specialist at Lake Elementary in Hartville, instructing 6th grade ELA.  She earned her MA in Counseling and MAT in Secondary Education from Liberty University.  She also earned her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction Leadership and looks forward to applying her new knowledge to improving education across the state. She enjoys challenging writers to tap into their creativity and think outside the box. Previously, she worked with 6th grade Author's Club encouraging students to write and illustrate their first book. Her love of writing then expanded to coaching and judging Power of the Pen writers.

In her free time, Cheryl enjoys reading, writing and cross-stitching. She currently lives in Louisville with her two daughters, mastiff Flynn (200# of fluff and love) and puppy Kingsley (70# of energy and nips).

Power of the Pen
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