Ohio’s Original Interscholastic Creative Writing Program for Middle Schools

Western Region

Including Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, and Preble Counties

Regional Director:
Darcy Leis

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

Western District 1
Saturday, January 28, 2023
Jacob Coy Middle School
1786 Dayton Xenia Rd.
Beavercreek, OH 45385
Coordinator: Kristina Minton


Western District 2
Saturday, February 4, 2023
Global Impact STEM Academy
700 S. Limestone St.
Springfield, OH 45505
Coordinator: Bekah Miller

Qualifiers from both events will advance to the Western Ohio Regional Tournament hosted by:

Wittenberg University
Saturday, March 4, 2023

4 E. Campus Dr.
Springfield, OH 45504

Coordinator: Darcy Leis

Who's Going

Western District 1:
Jacob Coy Middle School

20 positions available

Western District 2:
Global Impact STEM Academy

20 positions available

Darcy Leis

Darcy started her journey with Power of the Pen about 25 years ago as a 7th grade writer. Since 2007, she has coached Power of the Pen in the Clark-Shawnee Local School District in Clark County, serving several times as the host coordinator for Power of the Pen tournaments.

Currently, Darcy teaches 7th grade language arts and creative writing at Shawnee Middle School in Springfield. In both 2014 and 2020, Darcy was honored to receive Power of the Pen’s Sara T. Landess Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2020, she received her district’s Teacher of the Year award. In 2022, Darcy won the Clark County Excellence in Teaching award.

Darcy earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Wittenberg University and her Master’s degree in Literary and Textual Analysis from Bowling Green State University.

For Darcy, it is an honor to be part of an organization that elevates the stories young writers have to tell.

Power of the Pen
PO Box 2640  |  North Canton, Ohio 44720

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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