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West Side Montessori Middle School Dominates at Tiffin Power of the Pen District Competition

Posted on by West Side Montessori

West Side Montessori middle school writers swept the Power of Pen District Competition held at Tiffin Middle School on Saturday, January 22, 2011. West Side Montessori’s eighth grade team won 1st place overall and the school’s seventh grade team won 3rd place overall out of 128 contestants total with individual students taking many honors.

Awards were presented to Schuyler Stupica, 1st place 8th grade overall;  Grace Beham, 3rd place in overall scoring for 8th grade; Lauren Kohler, 6th place in overall scoring for 8th grade; and Isabel Abu-Absi, 12th in overall scoring for 8th grade and Best of Round 2.

At the seventh grade level awards were presented to Laramie Reynolds, 1st place in the 7th grade overall scoring and Best of Round 1; Kashvi Patel, Best of Round 2; and Steven O’Neill, runner up (honorable mention) for Best of Round 3.

West Side Montessori is proud of all our participants – each student who participated in the 3 rounds of writing placed 1, 2, or 3 respectively in his or her room in at least one round of writing. Every student was judged by room and by grade level. West Side had 12 total participants, each wrote in 3 rounds.

8th level students wrote a total of 18 stories – 9 of which were rated number 1 in their rooms, 4 of which were rated number 2 in their rooms, and 2 of which were rated number 3 in their rooms. So, 15 of the 19 stories were in the top 3. This is an amazing accomplishment!

7th level also wrote a total of 18 stories – 6 of which were rated number 1, 4 of which were rated number 2, and 2 of which were rated number 3. Clearly, 7th grade wasn’t far behind the 8th grade with 12 of their 18 stories in the top 3. None of the 7th level had ever competed in Power of the Pen before, yet they wrote like old pros.

8th grade team members who competed were: Isabel Abu-Absi, Grace Beham, Lilly Kaplan, Lauren Kohler, Nicole Rusk, and Schuyler Stupica.  7th grade team members who competed were: Pilar Athaide – Victor, Steven O’Neill, Kashvi Patel, Laramie Reynolds, Shohan Shetty, and Bilal Yassine.

Good luck to all participants at the Regional Competition at Lourdes College in March!

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