McCord's 8th grade team.
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Corrected 2/13/2013: Changed to reflect which school teams won. Incorrect information had been supplied by the Sylvania Schools.
Students at McCord Junior High took first places, Timberstone Junior High students grabbed a second, and individual Sylvania students snagged honors at the Power of the Pen District competition last week.
The event, Saturday in Ottawa Hills, had 102 students from 20 teams competing to be district champions.
After several rounds, McCord seventh and eighth grade teams both took first place in their divisions and the Timberstone eighth grade team took second.
Many Sylvania students won individual awards.
From McCord: Kat Arndt (9th), Erika Chen, Lily Conway (19th), Mitali Dalwalla (Best of Round Award), Sam Goeke (6th and two Best of Round awards), and Olivia Schenkenberger (14th), with alternate, Karen Chen. The eighth grade team included Caity Hoffman (6th), Jake Nelson (10th), Gracie Rees (2nd and Best of Round award), Chase Rollet (4th), Maddie Wagoner, Sophia Yakumithis, and as alternates, Bridget Stiger and Mikayla Simpson.
Special recognition went to Timberstone's Daniyal Nadeem for taking the individual seventh-grade 10th place finish out of more than 100 seventh grade writers.
Eighth graders placing in individual ranking included Nathan Podolsky, 12th place; Noelle Roth, 9th place; and Tony Liu, 3rd place.
Arbor Hills team members garnered individual recognition. James Cousino, 11th place for eighth grade, honorable mention for Best of Round; Danielle Schuster, 11th place for seventh grade; Andrew Sterling, 15th place for seventh grade.
Power of the Pen coaches were Amy Boros of Arbor Hills, Jane Yates of McCord, and Sara Nelson of Timberstone.
The top two teams and individuals placing in the top 10 will compete in the regional tournament on March 7.