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.

District and regional tournaments are online in 2021-2022. Host schools provide support for tournaments, but events do not take place at the host school.

Western District 1
Saturday, January 29, 2022
Jacob Coy Middle School
Coordinator: Kristina Minton


Western District 2
Saturday, February 5, 2022
Triad Middle School
Coordinator: Christina Smart Meigs

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

Wittenberg University
Saturday, March 5, 2022
Coordinator: Darcy Leis

Who's Going

Western District 1:
Jacob Coy Middle School

Ankeney Middle School

Greeneview Middle School

Jacob Coy Middle School

Miami Valley School

Montessori School of Dayton

Oakwood Junior High

St. Albert the Great School

Stivers School for the Arts

Tippecanoe Middle School

Twin Valley Community Local Schools

Valley View Junior High

Van Buren Middle School

West Carrollton Middle School

7 positions available

Western District 2:
Triad Middle School

Bethel Middle School

Global Impact STEM Academy

Holy Angels School

Madison-Plains Junior High

Northridge Middle School

Northwestern Junior High School

Ridgewood School

Schaefer Middle School

Shawnee Middle School

Southeastern Local Schools

St. Charles Borromeo School

Triad Middle School

Versailles Middle School

Weisenborn Junior High

6 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.

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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