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Old Trail School takes top honors in Power of the Pen tournament

Published: March 12, 2014 12:00 AM
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Bath - Old Trail School's seventh and eighth grade Power of the Pen teams competed in the regional Power of the Pen Tournament at Kent State University on Feb. 22.

The seventh grade team finished in fourth place among all the schools in the region, and was led by Jordan Cotrill, who placed second individually. Jordan also received special recognition for a "Best of the Best" story from the District Tournament at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in January.

The eighth grade team won first place in the region. Tea Tate was an individual medalist with a 12th place finish, and Luke Armao joined Jordan Cotrill in receiving "Best of the Best" distinction from the District Tournament. Luke also received the Harp Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Creative Writing, and a commendation from Kent State University inviting him to seek a scholarship when he is ready to choose a university.

The seventh grade and eighth grade teams combined score earned them the prestigious Sweepstakes Trophy for the best school performance in Power of the Pen in the region.

Power of the Pen is an annual interscholastic program in written expression that assists teachers facilitating better student writing by providing quality tools and resources to identify, challenge and reward excellence. Power of the Pen goal is to have a positive impact upon academic achievement overall and does so by providing in-class instructional aids that will serve more than 120,000 students in Ohio each year.

The Old Trail School teams are coached by Language Arts teachers Erik Korvne (grade 8) and Christina Macso (grade 7.)

Old Trail School is an independent, coeducational day school for students aged two through grade eight. Located in the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Bath, the school offers a personal, nurturing and academically challenging liberal arts program to students and families in a five-county region that emphasizes excellence in academics, athletics and the arts. For more information about Old Trail School, visit oldtrail.org.

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