Eighth-grade writers

are second in district

In addition to Harmon School's seventh-grade Power of the Pen team taking third place at the Garfield Middle School district tournament in January, which was reported previously in the Advocate, the eighth-grade team took second place.

For the eighth-graders, coached by Leonard Spacek, Quinlan Custodio took fifth place, Nikki Murikinati was seventh and Carrie Harper was eighth.

Those three eighth-graders, along with eighth-grader Emily Killian and seventh-graders Michelle Guan, Sidney Hilston and Colin Weil, advanced to the regional competition at Kent State University, where Weil won best of round in two of the three writing prompts.

Power of the Penn is an interscholastic writing league in which students are given a prompt on which they must base an essay or short story. Participants are encouraged to be creative and must complete the short story or essay within 40 minutes.

Other eighth-graders in the district competition were Paige Hartenburg and Hanna Duncan. Other seventh-graders were Daphney Miller, Katie Cochran, Rachel Ryabogin, Rose Vachon and Keshore Gowrishankar. The seventh-grade coach is Laquita Timberlake.

Top students named

The following students at Harmon School were named top students or athletes for last week:

Athletes -- Easa Bahlor, Katelyn Glaser and Morgan Riedel; sixth-graders -- Grayson Heath, Emma Hesse, Cade Montgomery and Abigail Toth; seventh-graders -- Dominic Felice, Hannah Mohan, Kyle Petersen, Sydney Prusha, Carley Salay and Madeline Schmitt; eighth-graders -- Jared DeMicco, Will Hermanowski, Justin Merrifield, Justin Paul and Katrina Spape.

More top pupils told

Caught being good last week at Leighton School were: Colin Grippi, third grade; Kiara Perez, fourth; and Mick Minite, fifth. All fourth- and fifth-grade choir students should turn in their Ethan Bortnick concert permission slips by April 4.