Brady Middle School students compete in the Power of the Pen state competition

PEPPER PIKE, Ohio – Six students from Brady Middle School have qualified for the state Power of the Pen competition after a superior performance in the regional competition.

Eighth graders Vivian Qi, Panka Karman, Ishan Bhatt, Sophie Lang and Anshul Sharma, and seventh grader Mane Sargsyan transfer to the state competition at Otterbein University in Westerville in May.

The entire BMS Power of the Pen team topped the podium at the regional event as winners of the 2022 Lake Erie Sweepstakes. To earn this honor, the points of the seventh and eighth grade teams from district and regional events were compiled to determine a regional champion.

The regional competition followed the district format of three 40-minute, consecutive rounds after students were presented with a never-before-seen writing prompt.

Brady’s seventh-grade team — including Mane, Linchang Zhao, Raina Patel, Lucy Chaisson, Amarachi Udeh and Sophia Klein — finished fourth overall out of 32 competing schools. The eighth grade team took third place.

Of the 71 eighth grade writers, five of Brady’s writers placed in the top 20: Vivian, Panka, Ishan, Sophie, and Anshul.

Ishan received the prestigious Platinum Pen Award, one of the highest accolades in Power of the Pen. His story will be featured in the National Contest’s winning book.

Brady’s 2021-22 Power of the Pen team will be coached by Sarah DiBenedetto, Jenna Drozd, Michele Cydulka-Weinstein and Sarah Moore.

Orange High School senior Kerry Kelly, from left, and juniors Natalie Borsch, Elena Bunker, Ethan Vincent, and Anna Wolf learn via an Internet presentation that their community problem-solving project, the OHS Writing Center, won first place in the Future Problem Solving State has received competition. (Photo courtesy of Orange City Schools)

Problem solvers come first

A team of Orange High School students was awarded first place in the state Future Problem Solving competition for their community problem solving project, the OHS Writing Center.

The team consists of senior Kerry Kelly, juniors Natalie Borsch, Elena Bunker, Ethan Vincent and Anna Wolf, and sophomore Grant Harmon.

The OHS Writing Center was created by students using the Design Thinking Model. The center provides a creative community for the OHS Writing Club including author visits, publishing, competitions and peer editing.

Led by consultants Kathy Frazier and Renee Borgione, the team qualified to participate in the International Future Problem Solving Bowl at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in June.

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Todd Puster, Treasurer of Orange City Schools (photo courtesy of Orange City Schools)

Treasurer elected to senior positions

Orange City Schools Treasurer Todd Puster was recently elected to serve in several leadership roles in the Ohio Association of School Business Officials (OASBO) for the next four years, including president for the 2024-25 school year.

Puster begins his official leadership role in July in the role of OASBO Vice President.

Puster was appointed Treasurer of the Orange Schools in August 2015. Since then, the district has received the highest rating from both Moody’s and S&P’s leading credit rating agencies. It also received the Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association and the Certificate of Excellence for Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials International.

Under his supervision, the Orange Schools also received the Auditor of State Award with Distinction for the most recent financial reporting period.

OASBO is the largest membership organization for school business officials in Ohio. Its primary purpose is to serve Ohio public school students by supporting school business officers who work directly with administration and provide support to faculty and staff.

Puster is the second Treasurer of the Orange Schools to serve in OASBO leadership this century. He said in a press release that he hopes his leadership in this area will serve as a guide and inspiration for students and the Orange School community.

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