Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Power of the Pen state tournament

                   "Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart" William Wordsworth

        "The role of a writer is not to say all we can say, but what we are unable to say" Anais Nin

This past Friday was a very exciting day for our family. Hayley was one of 750 students chosen out of almost 8,000 to participate in the state tournament of Power of the Pen. She loves to write (takes after her mom ;-) Plus the fact that she made it so far despite her concussion says a lot. The tournament was held on the beautiful Wooster University campus. We could not have asked for a more beautiful day!

"And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self doubt"  Sylvia Plath

All of us received all access passes for the entire day so we could get our meals, etc. Kathleen thought this was pretty cool and she hopes to one day participate in the Power of the Pen as well :-)

This is Hayley with another teammate. Only these two in 8th grade from her school went to compete. Other members of the team came out as runners and to cheer them on. Wonderful group of talented kids!

The campus was lovely to walk around while we waited for Hayley. Gorgeous day with sunshine and light breeze....

Kathleen brought along her favorite kitty for the adventure ;-)

Brought back memories of my days on college campuses. :-)

We just thought it was pretty cool how these roots were growing down the hillside.

While parents and other students were on their electronic devices... Kathleen was busy crocheting :-)

It was a long day, we were up at 5 am to travel out there, a bit of a drive from our house, but so worth it! This is a picture I took of Hayley while we were waiting for the awards to be announced.

The guest author for the day was Michael Grant and he gave an inspiring speech to all the writers in 7th and 8th grades. His books include the Animorphs series, Gone series and more. He was selling his books and autographing them. Jerry walked up to thank him and I snapped a quick photo as they were getting ready to start announcing awards again.

We found out Hayley ranked in the top 300, but exactly which number she placed we don't know yet till they release it to all the schools. I will update when I know. :-) We are so very proud of her to make it so far!!! She has a very bright future ahead and at only 13 years old she has already made quite an impact. If you haven't already stop by and visit her blog, I know she'd love to hear from you!
Hayley Olivia Reflections of Me

"The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium"  Norbett Platt



Wendi said...

Regardless of where she places this is quite an accomplishment. Way to go, Haley!

Jessy Gaffen said...

Not only is she adorably talented, but she CROCHETS! She's awesome! What a great experience for her, something special to encourage her continued writing!

NanaDiana said...

Well, as you know, I am a big proponent of WRITING! And, I do believe that anyone that has a story in them can get it published someday. I bet you are so proud of your kids you could just bust! LOVE the crocheter! xo Diana

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Jill, what a wonderful accomplishment for Hayley. Congrats to her in her place. She does have such a bright future and this is just the beginning.
Loved your photos of such a special day.
Blessings, CM

chateau chic said...

What a fabulous opportunity for your daughter. I'm sure we'll be hearing more from her through her writing in the coming years. Having such a beautiful day must have made it even more enjoyable for the family.
Mary Alice

Julie said...

That is so cool Jill. Yeah for Hayley!! You have one very awesome and talented family. You really rock as a mother. Keep the posts coming. Loving them.
Take care and God Bless!!

Kelli said...

Wow how wonderful! Congrats to her!

~ Noelle said...

What a great accomplishment!!
I know you all are so proud of her!
Tell her Congrats from Georgia :)