Ohio’s Original Interscholastic Creative Writing Program for Middle Schools

Western Region

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

Regional Director:
Paula McWilliams

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

Due to the pandemic, district and regional tournaments will take place online, not on the premises of the host school.

Western District 1
Saturday, January 30, 2021
West Carrollton Middle School
Coordinator: Lesley Mosher


Western District 2
Saturday, February 6, 2021
Shawnee Middle School
Coordinator: Darcy Leis

Qualifiers from both events will advance to the Western Ohio Regional Tournament at

Wittenberg University
Saturday, March 13, 2021
Paula McWilliams

Who's Going

Western District 1:
West Carrollton MS

Ankeney Middle School

Holy Angels School

Kettering Middle School

Miami Valley School

Oakwood Junior High

St. Albert the Great School

St. Charles Borromeo School

Tippecanoe Middle School

Valley View Junior High

Van Buren Middle School

Weisenborn Junior High

West Carrollton Middle School

8 positions available

Western District 2:
Shawnee Middle School

Bethel Middle School

Global Impact STEM Academy

Greeneview Middle School 

Jacob Coy Middle School

Madison-Plains Junior High

McKinney Middle School

Northridge Junior High

Northwestern Junior High

Ridgewood School

Shawnee Middle School

Southeastern Schools

Triad Middle School

Versailles Middle 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 20 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 People to People International  Travel, and has spent the last fifteen 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.

Power of the Pen
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