Power of the Pen
Power of the Pen is statewide program “devoted to excellence in creative writing at the middle school level.” Power of the Pen was first established in 2016 as a club at Fairport Harding Junior High and High School. We have expanded our middle school program to include high school writers for the past three years.
This 2020-2021 school year is our fifth season. Although many extracurriculars have changed this year due to the pandemic, the Club has moved ahead with virtual tournaments and virtual practice when we can’t be in person. We have six middle school competitors: Arielle, Lauren, Lily, Hannah, Charlie B., and Aleera. Returning at the high school level are Andrea, Charlie H., and Adara T.
This season is an especially meaningful one for Adara, who has now participated with the Club for four years, the longest competition career of any writer we have had.
We are pleased to announce the results of our first middle school Power of the Pen District Tournament on January 9, 2021. For the first time in our history, the full seventh grade team has qualified for regionals and will move forward to the Hudson Regional Tournament in March.
A huge congratulations to Lauren McKinney and Arielle Willis! In addition, Lauren placed 14th in the tournament overall, and Arielle achieved the highest tournament rank that anyone in our Club has ever received--4th place!
Our 8th grade team also did well, and had the highest collective team placement we have ever had, placing 4th out of 16 teams. Congratulations, Lily, Hannah, Charlie, and Aleera! It was a highly competitive 8th grade tournament, however, and our writers just missed regional qualifications. We are immensely proud of you, and are looking forward to continuing practice sessions and fielding a strong high school team next year!