Ohio’s Original Interscholastic Creative Writing Program for Middle Schools

Northeast Region

Including Ashland, Medina, Portage, Trumbull, Wayne, and Southern Summit (see Lake Erie Region) Counties

Regional Director:
Mary Anderson

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

Northeast District 1
Ashland Middle School
1520 King Road, Ashland, OH 44805
on Saturday, February 8, 2020
Coordinator: Carolyn Hrinda

Northeast District 2
St. Vincent St. Mary High School
15 N. Maple Street, Akron, OH 44303
on Saturday, January 11, 2020
Mary Anderson

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

Kent State University
Bowman Hall, 850 Lester A. Lefton Esplanade, Kent, OH 44240
On February 29, 2020
Coordinator: Mary Anderson

Who's Going

District 1

A. I. Root Middle School
Hillsdale Middle School
Norwayne Middle school
Shelby Middle School

District 2

Field Middle School
Holy Family School
Independence Middle School
Sacred Heart School
Seton Catholic School
St. Augustine School
St. Matthew School

Mary Anderson

Mary Anderson has a B.S. in Education, an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, and an Education Specialist degree, all from Kent State University. She  has been involved in Power of the Pen since 1987. She was a coach whose students loved Power of the Pen and fared very well in tournaments. She traveled the state acting as a Tab Room supervisor for many years with her husband Bill, a computer scorer.

Mary has been involved with the State Committee as secretary and president. She now serves as the Northeast Regional Director and Interim Executive Director of Power of the Pen. She was a contributing author of the Center for Learning’s Biography series, and penned a chapter in a book for teachers titled Why Workshop?

Mary was selected Teacher of the Year at several schools and was honored as Outstanding Teacher at the Power of the Pen State Tournament in 2002. In 2013 she received the Mahar Award as a notable alumna of St. Mary High School.

She has retired from teaching but works as a tutor two days per week. She remains committed to Power of the Pen because of its inestimable impact on young writers.


Power of the Pen
PO Box 442  |  Richfield, Ohio 44286

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