By Jane Ernsberger
Times-Junction News Editor
Editor's note: This is the first of two stories which will include writings by students in Power of the Pen.
On February 15, 10 students from the Willard Middle School competed at the district level of Power of the Pen writing club. Peggy Opatken is in her 15th year as advisor with the club.
Three students, including Bobbi Joe Garcia in grade seven and Jordan Hall and Marnie-Kate Lillo in grade eight, were named as district winners. They will now advance to the Regionals on March 15 near Cleveland.
Students who competed in grade seven included Garcia, Brianna Hutchinson, Jadon Luna and Sydney Stevens.
Eighth graders who competed included Hall and Lillo, along with Elizabeth Likes, Kyrie McDevitt, Courtney Taylor and Lauren Wood.
"The students wrote to three 'prompts,'" noted Opatken, "each 40 minutes in length. Then, they had lunch, and the awards ceremony started at 2:30 p.m. The teachers and advisors were judges for the contest."
The writings are graded on a 75 to 100 point rating, with superior being 100 to 94 points; honors with 93-82 points, and merit 81 to 75. The categories include creativity, voice/unity, structure/ideas, figurative/descriptive language, paragraph/sentence structure and mechanics/spelling.
Let me out!
Bobbi Jo Garcia
The Time I Was Almost Killed
One day I was collecting food for the family. When I was walking home to our ant hill, and when I could see it, some human had stomped on our ant hill. Why would someone do that, I thought to myself.So when I saw our ant hill, I ran to our ant hill and dropped everything I was carrying to start digging a hole to reach my family. "I don't like humans. They destroy our property," I said to myself. So when I found my family, we moved from the park to under a tree in the park. When we started building, a huge animal-looking thing sat on my brother, Joe. "What is up with humans these days?" I told the family. Then we found another home by the river under a tree. When we were almost done building when a human came by us and dropped a McDonald's cup on top of us. "Why do people have to litter?" I asked my family. When we moved to a new place under the bridge, we started to build a new home. When we were finished, I asked my son to find food for supper. When he came back, he had picked up seeds from the park and drops of water from the river. When we ate dinner, we all thanked my son for gathering all the food and making the meal for us. When the kids moved away from home, they also had problems moving to new places to live, but humans can be very bad at destroying our ant hills. Humans also use chemicals to kill us. We didn't do anything to harm them. If these humans are reading this then stop stepping on our ant hills. Do I make myself clear?
Bubbly the Bee
Hello, my name is Bubbly. I'm a bee. I am going to tell you a story.I was flying in a flower bush with my friends, then they flew away. I said to myself, oh a flower. Why did they run away? I heard something behind me and went to look in the flower at a baby bee. My friends were shouting at me to fly away, but I just flew to a flower. Then my mom told me to fly to hers. "Come on," they said. There's something in there and it's holding me and we started to move by my friends. Where are you going, my friends began yelling. You can't go. She'll bang you on the wall or make you help her. I see how it is. She says, I'll bite her. I respond, "yeah, sure you will. They say at the school time they start with me in the gate. She is going to make us work for her. I did not respond at all. With a bit of flowers and put them in the garage with us and took us out to whatever room. There were bugs everywhere we looked, and we saw a new group of friends and saw something on a flower. It was a butterfly. I looked at it. I flew off as fast as I could. That's why bugs are afraid of people.