NEW PHILADELPHIA -- On Jan. 23, the Newcomerstown seventh and eighth grade Power of the Pen teams traveled to Welty Middle School in New Philadelphia.

Competing for the seventh grade team were Brandy Addy, Tamara Joy McCune, Rachael Amore, Kane Tarrance, Nate Bourne and Paige McMullen.

A total of 54 students competed at the seventh grade level. Brandy Addy, Rachael Amore and Nate Bourne will all be advancing to the Regional level of competition. Receiving special honors at District competition were Brandy Addy, who came in 11th place overall and received a medal, and also Rachael Amore, who received a Best of Round award.

Representing the eighth grade team at competition were Alex Ham, Kirsti Buss, Courtney McCune, Maci Bates, Mathew Hursey, Jessica Stewart and Amber Opphile.

A total of 71 students competed at the eighth grade level. Alex Ham and Maci Bates will be representing our school and advancing to the next level of competition, which will take place on March 6, 2010 at A I Root Middle School.