The Garfield Middle School Power of the Pen team attended the District Tournament on December 8 at Monticello Middle School in University Heights and landed two of its writers in the top 15. Congratulations to 8th graders Layla Black, who placed 3rd overall, and Ellie Clark, who placed 12th. The team is coached by teachers Maggie Bacher and Leslie Eiben.
The contest is made up of three rounds where the writers are given prompts to jump-start a story such as "describe a character whose middle name would be Mischief." The writers have 40 minutes to complete the story. Layla and Ellie will likely move on to Regionals. Notifications come out soon. The Power of the Pen team members are:
7th: Haley Benjamin, Zoe Bowers, Ellie Costello, Sydney Elyko, Luke Kimble, and Elma Kudic
8th: Layla Black, Ellie Clark, Kay Coleman, Nicole Goddard, Bella Lara, Kali Pedley, and Jacob Mariani as an alternate/guest writer.