May 23, 2014 – Seventh grader Yardena Carmi, left, and eighth grader Jinle Zhu, right, wrote their way into the final "Power Round" and earned distinguished spots in the top 1 percent of writers this season at the State Power of the Pen writing tournament at the College of Wooster on May 23.
Zhu's "best response to a prompt" during the first round of the state Power of the Pen tournament was the competition's number one-ranked piece. She received a superior rank of 99 for the piece entitled Run Like the Wind, which will be published in the Book of Winners, a publication that is sent to and used by all Power of the Pen coaches. Jinle was ranked 20th out of all eighth grade writers in the state of Ohio this year.
The two students advanced to the state tournament by placing at the regional Power of the Pen tournament at Hudson Middle School on April 5, when Carmi placed ninth overall among seventh graders and Zhu placed 10th overall among all eighth graders. Zhu also won a "best of round" for one of her writing pieces that was picked by a panel of judges as the best response to a prompt all day.
Power of the Pen advisers are Beachwood Middle School teachers Kelley McLaughlin and Julie Ungier.