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Power of the Pen

There is no doubt about it; St. Joseph School produces some of the best student writers in Ohio!  Power of the Pen (POP), a statewide 7th and 8th grade essay-writing competition, is also an extracurricular academic program that has great success at SJS!

Writing practices begin the first week of the second quarter.  All interested writers are welcome!   Practices are held during the elective period on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Students who participate on St. Joseph Sylvania's POP team must be available to commit to three writing competitions in the winter and spring.  The district competition is after the first of the year and is local.  The regional competition is in March and is held at Lourdes University.  The State competition is held the Friday before Memorial weekend at Wooster College each year.  With each competition, students advance or are eliminated from future competition based on essay scores.  At competition, students write in three rounds and have 40 minutes per round.  Essays are judged by trained holistic writing judges.  Each year a team of twelve students start at the district level.  Many go on to compete at a regional competition and even a state level.  In fact in recent years, a record number of students have been awarded at state level!  Even more impressive, St. Joseph essays have been selected as “Best of Rounds,” the highest award given in the competition.   For more information, contact the middle school office or email Mrs. Jessica Jones at