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 20, 2024
Jacob Coy Middle School
1786 Dayton Xenia Rd.
Xenia, OH 45385
Coordinator: Kristina Minton


Western District 2
Saturday, February 3, 2024 

Kenton Ridge Middle & High School

2250 Montego Drive

Springfield, OH 45503
Coordinator: Emily Comer

Qualifiers from both events will advance to:

Western Regional Tournament 
Saturday, March 2, 2024
Wittenberg University
4 E. Campus Dr.
Springfield, OH 45504
Coordinator: Darcy Leis

Who's Going

Western District 1:
Jacob Coy Middle School

Ankeney Middle School

Ascension School

Bethel Middle School

Jacob Coy Middle School

Oakwood Junior High

St. Albert the Great School

St. Charles Borromeo

The Miami Valley School

Van Buren Middle School

Versailles Middle School

West Carrollton Middle School

9 Positions Available

Western District 2:
Kenton Ridge Middle & High School

Graham Middle School

Kenton Ridge Middle School

Northeastern Middle School

Northwestern Junior High School

Ridgewood School

Shawnee Middle School

Southeastern Junior High School

Tecumseh Middle School

Tippecanoe Middle School

Triad Middle School

Twin Valley South Junior High School

9 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
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