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 22, 2022
Monticello Middle School
3665 Monticello Blvd
Cleveland Heights, OH 44121
Coordinator: Deborah Frost


Northern District 2
Saturday, February 5, 2022
St. Raphael School
525 Dover Center Road
Bay Village, OH 44140
Coordinator: Kim Hirsch  

Qualifiers from both events will advance to the Northern Regional Tournament at

Baldwin Wallace University
Saturday, March 12, 2022
275 Eastland Rd.
Berea, OH 44017
Coordinator: Cheryl Yates-Bledsoe

Who's Going

Northern District 1:
Monticello Middle School

Avon Middle School

Brecksville-Broadview Heights

Holy Trinity

Independence Middle School

Lewis F. Mayer Middle School

Menlo Park Academy

Monticello Middle School

St. Augustine

St. Charles Borromeo Parish School

St. Christopher

St. Dominic

St. Jude School

St. Mary Avon

St. Joseph School Avon Lake

6 positions available

Northern District 2:
St. Raphael School

Bay Middle School


Bethany Lutheran School

Birchwood School of Hawken

Brooklyn School

Columbia Middle School
Lorain Preparatory Academy

North Ridgeville Academic Center

North Royalton Middle School

Olmsted Falls Middle School

Puritas Community MS

Rocky River Middle School

Saint Albert the Great

St. Brendan School

St. Columbkille School

St. Mary of the Falls

St. Michael School

St. Paul Lutheran

St. Raphael School

Sts. Joseph and John

0 positions available

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 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), puppy Kingsley (70# of energy and nips), and puppy Milo (30# of cuteness).

Power of the Pen
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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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