Posted On: Monday, April 16, 2012

Harding's seventh- and eighth-grade teams with their third-place trophies. From left, front row: Amanda Cabot and Elena Mulready; middle row: Veronica Gordon, Tess Moran, Olivia Berger (alternate), Hannah Salo, Abbey Stone; back: Zak Inak, Jonny Latsko, Jimmy Toner, Lauren Klann, Melina Lawrence and Kent Adams.

Harding's seventh and eighth grade teams outperformed most of the 45 teams at last month's Power of the Pen Regional tournament held at St. Joseph Academy as each team went home with a third-place trophy.

Leading the way for both teams was eighth-grader Amanda Cabot, who placed seventh individually and qualified to move on to the state competition to be held at the end of May at the College of Wooster. Nore than 700 writers, the top 10% of all competitiors, will vie for the title of best writer at Wooster. Joining Cabot as state qualifiers are seventh-graders Elena Mulready and Hannah Salo and eighth-graders Veronica Gordon and Zak Inak.

Garfield also sent a number of writers to compete at the Regionals at St. Joe's. Joining their Harding counterparts were: seventh-graders Ian Bell, Alexis Fallon, Abigayle Samko and Grace Werner and eighth-graders Allie Donegan, Ella Howells and Sage Petrone.

The creative writing contest is made up of three rounds. In each round, competitors must compose a narratives in response to a prompt such as "describe your worst fear" or "please don't take away _____". The writers have 40 minutes to complete each narrative.

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