Ohio’s Original Interscholastic Creative Writing Program for Middle Schools
Includes Allen, Auglaize, Defiance, Fulton, Hardin, Hancock, Henry, Lucas, Mercer, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby, Williams, Wood, Wyandot, and Van Wert Counties
Registration is open to the first 20 schools that register. Register for one District event only.
Northwest District 1
Northwest District 2
Northwest Regional Tournament
Northwest District 1:
Houston Junior High
St. Marys Middle School
Wapakoneta Junior High
17 Positions Available
Northwest District 2:
Arbor Hills Junior High School Perrysburg Junior High School
Springfield Middle School
St. Joseph Central Catholic Junior High Academy
Timberstone Junior High
Woodmore Middle School
14 Positions Available
Karaline first became involved with Power of the Pen in 1998 when she was on the 7th grade writing team at St. Marys Memorial Middle School. She attended Ohio University in Athens, Ohio where she received a Bachelors in Retail Merchandising. After spending three years in Hilton Head, South Carolina as an Assistant Retail Merchant, she, and her now husband moved to Grove City, Ohio where they live with their daughter and rescue dog.
Karaline has worked for Big Lots Corporate for more than 11 years. At Big Lots, she is a Senior Space Planning Analyst, where she creates visual presentations, assists with assortment optimization, and issues weekly communications to all 1400+ stores. During her time at Big Lots, she has been able to participate in a variety of philanthropic efforts that support organizations such as Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Mid-Ohio Foodbank and Pelotonia, where she served as a 2023 Team Captain for The Big Lots Peloton.
Power of the Pen played a large part in developing Karaline’s confidence as a middle schooler. Feeling like part of a team and being able to pour words onto paper gave her the creative outlet she needed. She is passionate about the importance of creative arts in schools and is thrilled to be working with her hometown region to continue the program.