"Power of the Pen" ( POP ) is an interscholastic creative writing competition that is unique to the State of Ohio. It was founded by Lorraine B. Merrill in 1986, to give creative writers an outlet and a competition where they could put their skills to the test against other writers. It is reserved for seventh and eighth grades as this age can be some of the most challenging times in a young person’s life, filled with many uncertainties and changes.

The program offers a creative outlet for students, where they can make lasting friendships and find their own voices through storytelling.

Not only does POP provide academic benefits, but it also teaches students about empathy for others and the importance of sharing their own experiences.

Storytelling is a powerful social tool, and Power of the Pen encourages young authors to use their talents to connect with others. In the current circumstances, creative outlets like POP are more important than ever.

Hudson Kiwanis has financially supported this program at both Seton Catholic School and Hudson Middle School with enthusiasm. Seton Catholic School had their Regional competition at Kent State in February and their seventh grade class took 1st place in the overall competition. Meanwhile, the coronavirus pandemic caused a change in how the Regional competition was held for Hudson Middle School.

For the first time it was done virtually in the middle of May and coordinated by Kent State.

Hudson Middle School’s results were: Seventh Grade - Evan Peterson, 12th overall; Eighth Grade - Jessica Layton, 10th overall; Sherry Du, 6th overall.; Sofia Hunt won a district "Best of Best". This means she will be published in the Power of the Pen "Book of Winners". It’s an actual publishing credit as an eighth grader. This designation also means Sophia’s piece was one of the very best in the State of Ohio.

Overall the eighth grade class took second place in the region. Given over 3,000 students around the state enter the POP competition each year, this is very impressive.

Hudson Kiwanis is proud of their sponsorship to such a creative program and congratulates these students and all who participated. Credits to Seton Program Moderator, Sarah Jackson, and to Hudson Middle School’s Program Moderator, Mike Fejes, for their efforts with these students.

Hudson Kiwanis has served the Hudson Schools and Community for nearly 70 years. Since 2000 over $1 million has been given to the schools and community.

Some of the visible things are the splash pad, basketball courts, high school tennis courts and safety town to name a few. In addition, Kiwanis provides several scholarships for graduating seniors, school grants, funding for Power of the Pen and many more. Our financial support for all this comes from the Hoops Classic Basketball Tournament for boys and girls, recreational baseball program and the sale of Christmas Poinsettias, and donations. For more information about Hudson Kiwanis or making a donation see www.hudsonkiwanis.com.