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WBMS Student wins top Power of the Pen Award

 
WBMS student wins top Power of Pen award
West Branch Middle School seventh-grader Brianna Long, daughter of Anna Citino and Matt Long of Salem, was recently awarded the annual Poetry Award at this year's 2011 Power of the Pen state tournament held on May 27 at the College of...

West Branch Middle School seventh-grader Brianna Long, daughter of Anna Citino and Matt Long of Salem, was recently awarded the annual Poetry Award at this year’s 2011 Power of the Pen state tournament held on May 27 at the College of Wooster. 

Brianna’s poem was selected from over 150 entries by George Bilgere, distinguished Ohio poet and professor of English and creative writing at John Carroll University. Bilgere read her poem, titled “Ten,” to the entire audience of writers, coaches and parents. As first-place winner, Brianna received a $100 Savings Bond and a page in the tournament program featuring her poem, her photo, and a bio written by Brianna. 

The award was first established in 1991 in honor of Renee Hairston, a former poet and writer from Shaker Heights. This award is presented each year to a seventh- or eighth-grader from among those contestants who qualify for the state tournament and opt to submit an entry. 

The Power of the Pen state tournament was made possible by a major gift of $50,000 from Elsie M. Beachler of Dayton. Beginning with about 7,000 seventh- and eighth-grade writers from 500 middle schools, this tournament is the culmination of 28 district and 12 regional competitions held throughout the state of Ohio. Approximately 700 writers from 275 schools participated in this all-day writing tournament. Out of 350 seventh-grade writers competing at the state finals, Brianna’s first three writings earned her a spot in the final Power Round, made up of the top 54 writers who competed for the top 15 writing awards. One of Brianna’s compositions placed first in round rankings, so she awaits notification if it will be published in the 2011 Book of Winners, along with her teammate and fellow state qualifier Megan Winters, whose district-level composition earned a spot in that book earlier this year. 

This year’s guest author and keynote speaker was Chris Crutcher, an award-winning writer of young adult fiction. Brianna and Megan were able to talk with the author and have his books autographed  during a social mixer the night before the tournament. Parent volunteer Anna Citino and writing coach Libbie Romigh attended the tournament with the students.

Article:  Courtesy of Alliance Review June 27, 2011
Picture Courtesy Of Brinna Long



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