MILAN Shantel Wolfe and Clayton Bowers, seventh-graders from Berlin-Milan Middle School, recently qualified for Power of the Pen writing competition at the state level.
The annual two-day event is held at Wooster College, offering many additional activities on campus for young writers to explore. Out of 7,000 students who compete at the local and regional levels of Power of the Pen, only about 9 percent reach the state level.
This is the first time a Berlin-Milan Middle School student has reached this level. They were coached by teacher Bethany Stipp.
The event is for seventh and eighth graders. They are given a prompt to write about in a timed manner, then judged according to the content, grammar, spelling, etc.
This year there were professors from colleges, newspaper columnists and even an established author there during the awards ceremony to present to the winners.
Awards of cash and scholarships are given to a select few in different categories.
Wooster offers a two-night stay in the campus dorms, which includes bowling, use of recreational facilities and a teen dance. The students also had the opportunity to explore the campus an all it has to offer.
Shantel said she has hopes of following her love for writing (she also writes lyrics) and pursuing journalism in the future.