Ohio’s Original Interscholastic Creative Writing Program for Middle Schools

Southeast Region

Including Athens, Belmont, Coshocton, Fairfield, Gallia, Guernsey, Hocking, Holmes, Jackson, Knox, Lawrence, Licking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Tuscarawas, Vinton, and Washington Counties

Regional Director:
Paula McWilliams

Registration is open to the first 20 schools that register. Register for one District event only.

Southeast District 1
Saturday, January 21, 2023
Claymont Middle School
215 E 6th St.
Uhrichsville, OH 44683
Coordinator: Alisha Mahaffey


Southeast District 2
Saturday, February 11, 2023

Licking Heights Middle School
4000 Mink St., Pataskala, OH 43062
Coordinator: Lauren Noble

Qualifiers from both events will advance to:

Southeast Regional Tournament
Saturday, March 11, 2023
Ohio University Zanesville
1425 Newark Rd.
Zanesville, OH 43701
Coordinator: Paula McWilliams

Who's Going

Southeast District 1:

Claymont Middle School

Claymont MS

Coshocton JH

Dover MS

Indian Valley MS

Marietta City Schools

Shadyside JH/HS

Strasburg-Franklin Local School

Tuscarawas Central Catholic JH/HS

Warren Middle School

 11 positions available 

Southeast District 2:

Licking Heights Middle School

Blessed Sacrament School, Newark

Gen. Sherman JH

Lakewood MS, Hebron

Licking Heights MS

Mount Vernon MS

Northridge MS, Johnstown

Rushville MS

St. Francis de Sales School, Newark

St. Vincent de Paul School, Mt. Vernon

Symmes Valley Elementary

Thomas Ewing JH

Watkins MS

Welsh Hills School

7 positions available

Paula McWilliams

Paula is a retired classroom teacher from St. Matthew the Apostle Catholic School in Gahanna. She most recently taught 6th and 7th grade social studies, but previously spent 20 years teaching 6th grade ELA.

Paula began her association with Power of the Pen 23 years ago as a team coach, a role that that still brings joy and excitement. She also has worked as a computer tabulator for many years at tournaments throughout the state as well as performing in that capacity at several state tournaments.

Other school responsibilities included being the coordinator for the school spelling bee and coaching students for the school speech competition.

Paula earned Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/Public Relations and Masters in Education degrees from Ohio State University.

Paula is affiliated with the Global Citizen Travel Program and has spent the last eighteen teen years introducing students to foreign cultures all over the world. She also enjoys watching sports, sewing, cooking, photography, and spending time with her family. She lives with her husband, Bill, in Hebron, Ohio.

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