The A. I. Root Middle School Power of the Pen team competed at the University School District event which was held on Saturday, February 4. Power of the Pen is a competitive writing event for students in grades seven and eight.
Over 19 schools attended with approximately 100 writers at each grade level. Eighth grade participants from Root included Rachel Harris, Maya Pawar, Anya Laribee, ZiZi Toth, Gracie Selva and Abigail Gehman. Seventh grade contestants included Aubree Scavinski, Emma Sielski, Lauren Jacot, Olivia Jagodnik, and Stephanie Fox. Two eighth graders took home trophies; Maya Pawar earned a third place trophy and ZiZi Toth earned a fourth place trophy. In a very impressive performance, Olivia Jagodnik was crowned the seventh grade champion, placing ahead of over 100 other seventh grade writers. It was a very successful tournament for the writers and many will move on to the regional competition scheduled for April 8, 2017 at Hudson Middle School.