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Junior High Students Qualify for State with Power of the Pen

Power of the Pen winners


Valley View Junior High students have advanced from the regional Power of the Pen competition and qualified for state.

7th grader Inara Arnett won 1st place overall out of 64 writers in the 7th grade. Two of her three pieces won a Best of Round writing award (given to the best piece of writing in each round). She also was given the highest honor awarded at Regionals, the Platinum Pen Award, for her piece of writing "The Reckoning." This award is given to only one writer in each region, and it means her work will be officially published in the Power of the Pen Winners Book. 

8th Grader Ainsley Richards placed 4th Overall out of 66 writers in the 8th Grade.

Both writers will advance to the State Tournament. 

"Typically, most years, we have a writer advance to state based on total points. However, it is pretty rare that we have two writers place at Regionals (only top 12 place), and a writer receive the Platinum Pen award. We are so proud of them!" said Junior High Language Arts teacher Jenn Harshberger.

Photo: L to R: Ainsley, Inara,

Power of the Pen winners


Earlier we shared that the students had earned district recognition:

Two Valley View Junior High students received recognition for their writing at the Power of the Pen district awards. Power of the Pen is Ohio’s original interscholastic creative writing program for junior high students.

Inara Arnett received 2nd place overall in the district contest out of almost 200 writers. She also received the Best of Round Award for her piece, “The Reckoning.” 

Ainsley Richards received the Directors Choice award at the district contest for her piece, "Grown Up.” 

Arnett and Richards will advance to the regional competition at the end of February. 

Lacey Abner and Sean Fileccia earned Awards of Merit in the program.

"We are so proud of their performance and the way they represent Valley View," said 8th Grade Language Arts teacher Jenn Harshberger.


Photo: L to R: Ainsley, Inara, 8th Grade Language Arts teacher Jenn Harshberger, Lacey, and Sean.

Power of the Pen


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