Feb 23, 2014

DeColores, Versailles take honors at 2014 POP

DARKE COUNTY – DeColores Montessori of Greenville and Versailles Middle School took multiple honors Feb. 15 at the 2014 District Power of the Pen Competition in Botkins. Among the top award winners were Hunter Cuyler at DeColores Montessori, Lauren Durham, Versailles Middle School and the Eighth Grade Team of Versailles Middle School.

Cuyler won Best of Round 1 for his essay on ‘Discarded… you are an item at a yard sale remembering those days when you were loved by your owner.’ He also took top writing honors for the seventh grade competition with a composite score of the maximum 300 points. Durham took fifth place in the eighth grade competition with a composite score of 284 points, while the eighth grade Versailles Middle School team, coached by Deb Tyo took second place in the competition with a total point ranking of 1605.

Placing in the top 10 for eighth grade were Andrew Heckman, tied for 7th, and Tessa Tyo, 8th, each with 290 composite points out of 300. Both are students at Versailles Middle School. Tyo also received an Honorable Mention for Round 1 Best of Round.

Local districts participating in the 2014 Power of the Pen District competition were Bradford Schools, DeColores Montessori School, Franklin Monroe Local School, Mississinawa Valley Local School and Versailles Middle School.

Point rankings are determined by a team of judges. Best of Round judges for 2014 were Elaine Schweller-Snyder, journalism teacher and yearbook advisor at Leyman Catholic School, Patricia Ann Speelman, Local Life Editor at Sidney Daily News and Bob Robinson, Associate Editor at The Early Bird.


Early Bird’s Associate Editor Bob Robinson stands with the seventh grade Best of Round 1 winner, Hunter Cuyler, DeColores Montessori School. Robinson was one of three Best of Round judges at the 2014 Power of the Pen District Tournament in Botkins.
Hunter Cuyler, DeColoris Montessori School, far right, was the top writer for the seventh grade with a perfect score of 300 points. The remaining top writers, left to right, were Tori Barge, 6, Fort Loramie JHS; Joe Ballas, 5, Fort Loramie JHS; Michelle Altstaetter, 4, Botkins Local School; Gina Langenkamp, 3, Coldwater Middle School and Riley Middendorf, 2, Fort Loramie JHS.
Lauren Durham, Versailles Middle School, second from left, ranked fifth for the eighth grade with a composite score of 284 points. The top eighth grade writers, left to right, were Abby Walker, 6, Tippecanoe Middle School; Durham, 5; Lauren Wyant, 4, Tippecanoe Middle School; Taylor Hudson, 3, Tippecanoe Middle School; Brooke Raterman, 2, Fort Loramie JHS and Bryn Dippold, first with a score of 300 points, Coldwater Middle School.
Versailles Middle School, under the coaching of Deb Tyo, took second place for eighth grade with a total point ranking of 1605.

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