Birchwood Students Creative Writing Shines at Power of the Pen

On April 6, Birchwood’s district level winners participated in the regional Power of the Pen creative writing tournament at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School. Abby Gemechu (7th grade of Avon) won 5th place overall and Best of Round 2 for her story, “Diving Boards and Other Mistakes.” Dhyani Nautiyal (7th grade of Lakewood) won 6th place overall and Best of Round 1 for his story, “A Little Break.” Congratulations to Abby and Dhyani who will compete at the state level on May 23-24 at the College of Wooster.

Birchwood is proud of all of the students who qualified for the regional competition: Eric Vaziri (8th grade of Westlake), Max Wang (8th grade of Avon), Sofia Boyd (7th grade of Cleveland), Camille Boyer (7th grade of Cleveland), Abby Gemechu (7th grade of Avon), and Dhyani Nautiyal (7th grade of Lakewood). The 7th grade team also placed 3rd at the district and the regional tournament.

Power of the Pen competitions involve rounds of creative writing based on prompts, but the organization has a broader mission, dedicated to helping young people find and develop a creative voice that is uniquely their own. They seek to inspire teachers and challenge students to embrace the art of creative expression through writing as a life skill. While about 7,500 students participate in their tournaments, Power of the Pen provides in-class instructional aids that serve more than 120,000 students in Ohio.