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WSM Places First at Power of the Pen

WSM Power of the Pen Teams

West Side Montessori was the little school that won BIG last Thursday, March 13, at the Power of the Pen regional competition. The two Middle School teams took first place in their respective team competitions. WSM’s combined team scores resulted in the school receiving the Highest Point Award for the top school in the region. It is the first time West Side Montessori has earned this award.

Congratulations Claire Kohler (8) and Benjamin Theis (7) for earning first place as individual writers. Other eighth level students recognized were: Maddy Vesoulis (2nd), Parker Caesar (11th),  and Libby Stupica (15th). Zaynab Lazreq, a seventh level student, received 15th place. Benjamin also was recognized with a Best of the Best award for a story he wrote at the district competition in January. His story will be published in this year’s Book of Winners, showcasing the best stories from around the state of Ohio.

All the individual award winners now advance to the state competition on May 22-23 at The College of Wooster.

Congratulations to all the writers! The 8th level team includes: Parker Caesar, Claire Kohler, C.J. Leonard, Wyatt Reynolds, Libby Stupica, and Maddy Vesoulis. The 7th level team includes: Hanna Ahmad, Sean Fernandez, Rachel Gorman, Zaynab Lazreq, Katherine Rex, and Benjamin Theis.

Power of the Pen is an interscholastic writing competition in its 29th year in the state of Ohio.   Last week’s competition was held at Lourdes University in Sylvania. The region includes 31 schools from eight counties and is the largest in the state. However, due to last week’s weather conditions, nine schools were not able to participate.

Be sure to check out the Middle School blog at to read samples of the winning stories beginning next week!

WSM Earns Highest Point Award