Students Earn Superior Rating at PenOhio

Students Earn Superior Rating at State Writing Tournament
Posted on 05/31/2018
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In May, five Indian Hill Middle School students participated in the PenOhio State Creative Writing Tournament held at the College of Wooster. Student writers competed against 800 7th and 8th grade students from across the state.

"I am so proud of these students for their hard work and for taking a risk in sharing their writing with others," said Dr. Kim Given, gifted intervention specialist at Indian Hill Middle School and the district's PenOhio moderator. "Our writers demonstrated their expertise in and passion for writing and I am proud of each and every one of them."

Participants in the state tournament included Elsa Zhou, Gwen Josche, Marianna Narita, Avery Valz and Kathy Zhao.

The students produced a total of 15 original stories throughout the course of the competition. Seven papers earned superior ratings from PenOhio judges. Special congratulations to Elsa Zhou who scored in the superior range on all three of her stories. Gwen Josche, Avery Valz, and Kathy Zhang also earned superior ratings their writing and finished first in at least one of their rounds. 

PenOhio is the state's interscholastic writing league for Ohio's adolescents and young adults. According to the PenOhio website, "PenOhio Interscholastic Writing Tournaments challenge students to compete both as individual writers, and in teams of six. We offer tournament competitions by grade level division...At each tournament, writers compose three original narrative works, each in 40 minutes, to prompts not known to them in advance. Each writer is judged in a round against up to 5 other writers from other schools, and judged by a PenOhio coach not known to the writer. The writer receives Rank and Quality Scores for each submission, plus a rich, constructive, encouraging comment regarding his/her work."