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Garfield Hosts Power of the Pen


Garrettsville – James A. Garfield Middle School was the site of the recent district competition for Power of the Pen, a program to encourage the development of young adolescents’ writing skills through  practice and competition, in much  the same vein as sport, with many of the same components, such as teamwork and concentration.

Graphic: Power of Words by Antonio Litterio  Source: Wikimedia Foundation
Graphic: Power of Words by Antonio Litterio
Source: Wikimedia Foundation

Ten schools—Chamberlain, Crestwood, Field, Garfield, Harmon, Manchester, St. Patrick’s, St. Rita’s Southeast and Stanton—participated and the honors were across the spectrum.  In the seventh grade finals, Garfield Middle School took top honors, with Chamberlain placing second and Harmon, third.  For the eighth grade, Crestwood, Harmon and St. Patrick’s came away with the big trophies.

Garfield individuals recognized in the seventh grade were Lyndsey Johns, Kara Nottingham and Mei Mei Tannehill.  In eighth grade, the name was Julia McGrew.  Congrats to all.  Write on!

Presenting the awards were superintendent  Ted Lysiak, representing the James A. Garfield School District and Board of Education, and Amy Crawford, representing the Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club, which has again sponsored the event.

One of the highlights of the day was the performance of cheers composed by the individual teams lauding their coaches.  They mostly need to stick with writing.  That they can do.